I just finished this piece. My love of tigers stretches back to my childhood. I was heartbroken by the tragedy in the San Francisco zoo where a young man was killed and the escaped tiger had to be shot. I will make no secret of my concern over the natural world. Every night I pray for people to stop abusing our environment and take better care of the earth. Only small numbers of magnificent species such as tigers and gorillas remain in the wild. I encourage everyone to support my favorite Environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, the NRDC World Wildlife Fund and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.