Harrison Ford is out to save the tiger with a little help from the World Bank.
The Indiana Jones star joined World Bank head Robert Zoellick at a National Zoo press conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday (09Jun08), held to promote conservationism.
The World Bank is teaming up with a number of celebrities in a bid to highlight the desperate plight of the endangered tiger.
Ford, who is famous for his support of environmental causes and efforts to protect wildlife migratory patterns, said, "I'm here to celebrate the World Bank's plan to form a global alliance of conservation partners, to work with the tiger range nations in order to secure a future for these magnificent creatures."
Bo Derek and actor Robert Duvall joined Ford at the World Bank's initiative for tigers.
Duvall told reporters he has always been a huge tiger fan, stating the big cats are, "the single most beautiful animal in the world."
The new initiative will focus on 13 countries where tiger poaching threatens remaining populations in a bid to convince governments and legal officials to step up efforts to outlaw the killing of big cats.