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Mike The Tiger Habitat Fund
Mike the Tiger, a famed live Bengal Tiger that serves as the graphic image of all LSU Athletics teams, resides between Tiger Stadium and the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
In 2005, a $3.7 million 15,000-square foot environment was created during the reign of Mike V that included lush planting, a live oak tree, a waterfall and a stream evolving from a rocky backdrop overflowing with plants and trees.
The backdrop of Mike's Habitat features an Italianate tower - a campanile - that creates a visual bridge to the architectural vernacular that is the underpinning of the entire LSU campus. This spectacular habitat allows for state-of-the-art technologies, research, conservation and husbandry programs, as well as educational, interpretive and recreational activities.
It is, in essence, one of the largest and finest Tiger habitats in the United States. It's also become one of the most visited landmarks in the state of Louisiana.
In preparation for the arrival of Mike VII in the summer of 2017, several enhancements were made to the habitat. The enhancements include a comfort rock, rockwork tree, improved water features, and resurfacing of the pool.
The comfort rock is a naturalistic element within the habitat that provides a heated or cooled surface for ultimate relaxation in Mike's Habitat. The rockwork tree imitates a tiger's natural habitat and serves to soften the impact of the steel column supporting the overhead mesh canopy.
The pool and stream system will help keep Mike cool in the summer months and foster health activity.
At a cost of approximately $950,000, the project was fully funded through the Tiger Athletic Foundation. Many of the enhancements were made possible through a generous donation from Kelly and Harper Spears. Additionally, funding from supporters of TAF's Mike the Tiger Brick Program helped cover cost of this project and future maintenance of the habitat. These donations continue to be a testament to the love the LSU family has for our live Tiger mascot, Mike.
Tiger fans can support design, construction, improvement and maintainence of Mike the Tiger's Habitat by donating to the Mike the Tiger Habitat Fund through this page.
Also, Tiger fans can donate a brick or paver in support of the Habitat. The brick sales generally open in the month of June and November. For more information about donating a brick or paver, contact Courtney at CourtneyA@lsutaf.org. Have you already donated a brick or paver? If it has been installed (installation generally takes 10-13 from order date), you can use MiketheTiger.com to find your brick or paver.