Credit: Zachary Hanby

Clemson and Alabama fans may not agree on which university has the best team, fan base, traditions or tailgates, but one thing they can agree on leading up to the College Football National Championship game Monday night — the importance of protecting their mascots in the wild.

There are more freshmen at Clemson University (3,686 in 2016) than tigers living in the wild in the world (less than 3,200), while 96 African elephants are killed each day for their tusks.

Both schools have student organizations that work to protect their mascots in the wild. Clemson University is part of the National Tigers for Tigers organization, while Alabama has Tide for Tusks, an group that partners with the Wildlife Conservation Society and to raise awareness about poaching and worldwide conservation efforts for the African elephant, Alabama’s mascot.

During last year’s national championship game between the two schools, the #ProtectOurMascot campaign reached millions of people, according to the Tide for Tusks.

“Our mascots may be winning on the field, but they are losing the Big Game in the wild,” said an entry on the Tigers for Tigers website announcing last year’s #ProtectOurMascots social media campaign.

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