There are fewer than 4,000 wild tigers left on Earth. Zachary Quinto thinks we should give a damn.
Actor Zachary Quinto ("Star Trek," "Heroes," "American Horror Story") talks to Upworthy about his involvement with tiger-saving campaign #3890Tigers, Trump, breakfast cereals — and tigers again.
(This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.)
Upworthy (UP): Why do you want to help save the tigers?
Zachary Quinto (ZQ): I’m a long-time animal lover and animal rights activist. When this opportunity came to me, I realized how much [poaching] has been affecting the wild tiger population — it was something I felt called to get involved with. There are fewer than 4,000 wild tigers left in the world, which seems absolutely insane.
UP: So judging by your passion to save the tigers, is it safe to say you’re more of a cat person than a dog person?
ZQ: That’s actually not safe to say. I’m more of a dog person than a cat person. ... Sorry to dispel any illusions.
UP: Do you own a dog?
ZQ: I own two dogs. I should say, I rescued two dogs.
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