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Brian Werner, is an American conservationist and the founder of the Tiger Missing Link Foundation[1] and founder of the Tiger Creek Wildlife refuge, both located in Tyler, Texas.


A native of Norwood, Ohio. Werner participated in the first genetic study of tigers in 1996-1998 Published in "Riding The Tiger", Cambridge University Press UK). Werner was involved with the first open heart surgery performed on a tiger.[2] Brian and his family were featured internationally on Animal Planet on the show Growing Up Tiger.


  1. ^ Smith, Cheryl (2000-08-04). "Meow Mix // Texans Are Wild About Exotic Cats, but at What Cost?". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2007-11-19. Brian Werner, director of the Tiger Missing Link Foundation, a Tyler-based nonprofit organization, tracks tigers for genetic research purposes.
  2. ^ Veash, Nicole (2001-06-19). "Tiger is first animal to have heart bypass". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-11-19.