Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is represented by its mascot, a live tiger named Mike the Tiger. Fans come from near and far to see Mike in his state-of-the-art habitat that opened in 2005. The 15,000 sq. ft. habitat incorporates natural substrates, lush plantings, a large Live Oak tree, a beautiful waterfall, and a stream evolving from a rocky backdrop overflowing with vegetation.
You may just catch Mike swimming in his pond or playing with his ball or other toys! It also includes elements of LSU’s renaissance architecture, seen through an Italianate tower, and facts educating Mike’s visitors on the living subspecies of tigers.
This spectacular habitat features advanced technologies and is, in essence, one of the largest and finest Tiger habitats in the United States. There have been seven Mike the Tigers throughout LSU's history. The new Mike the Tiger, Mike VII, was officially introduced to the LSU community on August 21, 2017. Mike VII was born September 13, 2016 and has both Siberian and Bengal characteristics. He was donated to LSU from a sanctuary in Okeechobee, Fla., called “Wild at Heart Wildlife Center.”
Mike the Tiger is cared for by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and his personal veterinarian, Dr. David Baker, oversees his overall healthcare and well-being. The habitat is located on LSU's Campus down North Stadium Rd. *Please do not bring pets or stuffed animals to Mike the Tiger's habitat on LSU's Campus.