LSU to Hold a Welcome Event for Mike VII

Due to weather, the event is postponed until a later date 


UPDATE: Due to rainy weather, the welcome event has been postponed until a later date. More details to come. 

Welcome MikeBATON ROUGE – LSU will hold an official welcome event for Mike VII on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 4:30 p.m. outside the Tiger Habitat on campus. Speakers for the event will include LSU President F. King Alexander, Athletics Director Joe Alleva, Student Body President Jason Badeaux and LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Dean Joel Baines.

The first 250 students in attendance who present their Tiger Card will receive a commemorative Mike VII t-shirt.

Mike VII, who has both Siberian and Bengal characteristics, was donated to LSU from a sanctuary in Okeechobee, Fla., called “Wild at Heart Wildlife Center.” The 11-month-old, male tiger arrived on campus on Aug. 15 and officially became Mike VII on Aug. 21. As Mike VII, his daily schedule is that he will be let out into his yard by 8 a.m. each day and brought back in his night house by 8 p.m. each day.

The tiger habitat and LSU’s animal care plan are licensed by the USDA. The facility, tiger and animal care programs are inspected annually to ensure that they comply with the Federal Animal Welfare Act and other USDA policies and guidelines.

This and other information on LSU’s tigers can be found online at You can follow Mike on Facebook (, Twitter (@mikethetiger) and Instagram (@mikethetiger_lsu).

Prior to the welcome event, LSU will hold a press conference in the Lawton Room at Tiger Stadium, beginning at 3:45 p.m., about the search for Mike VII. Alexander; Dr. David Baker, LSU’s attending veterinarian; and Rick Perry, president & CEO of the Tiger Athletic Foundation, will provide brief remarks and will be available for questions about Mike VII and the updates to the Tiger Habitat. Following the press conference, media can walk across the street to the Tiger Habitat to cover the welcome event.


Contact Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations


Ginger Guttner 
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine