DDB New York Launches Endangered Song Project for The Smithsonian's National Zoological Park and Conservation Biology Institute

400 Remaining Sumatran Tigers in Existence, 400 Records Will Go Extinct if Not Shared

Apr 22, 2014, 00:01 ET from DDB Worldwide

NEW YORK, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DDB Worldwide, part of Omnicom Group (NYSE), and The Smithsonian's National Zoological Park and Conservation Biology Institute announced today, on Earth Day 2014, the launch of the Endangered Song Project, an analog-meets-digital awareness campaign that calls upon 400 participants to use their social media strength to spread the message that there are only 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild.

The National Zoo and DDB's New York office partnered with Atlantic Records indie rock band Portugal. The Man to distribute a previously unreleased song titled "Sumatran Tiger." The song was lathe-cut onto 400 custom polycarbonate records designed to degrade after a certain amount of plays. With no other copies in existence, the 400 participants are tasked with digitizing and sharing the song through their social channels with the hashtag #EndangeredSong. Breeding the song socially will help save it from extinction, thus raising awareness about the critically endangered Sumatran tigers and need for conservation efforts.

Matt Eastwood, Chief Creative Officer of DDB New York, said, "It is our hope that through the Project, the carefully selected participants will be galvanized to share the song along with the frightening statistic for the Sumatran tigers."

The campaign will be supported through a dedicated website, www.endangeredsong.si.edu, which features a real-time update of all the social conversations surrounding the project, more about the initiative and how people can help perpetuate the song.

The list of the 400 participants involved in the Endangered Song Project includes a wide range of music artists, noted bloggers, wildlife conservationists, and other social media influencers who were asked to share the song, spread the message and help ignite change.

"Announcing this initiative on Earth Day is a powerful way to share our on-going commitment to securing a future for not only wild tigers but other endangered species," said Pamela Baker-Masson, Associate Director of Communications at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park and Conservation Biology Institute. "As scientists explore new and innovative ways to conserve wildlife, so must we partner in new and unexpected ways to build awareness and inspire action. Simply put, our job is to save species and ensure a sustainable future for the world we share with all animals."

John Gourley of Portugal. The Man, commented, "Growing up in Alaska, we were surrounded by wildlife and the beauty of the natural world. We learned that we couldn't take these things for granted. Thus the message of this project was very personal to us as a band, and we jumped at the chance to use our music to spread the urgent message of a species in danger of extinction." 

With less than 400 left in the wild, Sumatran tigers are the smallest surviving tiger subspecies. Listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, these majestic creatures are found in forests of Borneo and Sumatra. The two major threats to Sumatran tigers are habitat loss and poaching. In addition, deforestation increases the chances of tiger–human conflict. The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute supports conservation efforts, like the Global Tiger Recovery Program, which is working to double the number of wild tigers by 2022. Together with the GTRP, the Smithsonian hosts courses to train people charged with patrolling tiger ranges to monitor for potential conflicts and ultimately help protect tigers.

The National Zoo's Sumatran tigers participate in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan. The SSP makes breeding recommendations for tigers in accredited zoos to preserve their genetic diversity. Those tigers serve as an insurance population for the approximately 400 wild Sumatran tigers. The National Zoo has bolstered the Sumatran tiger population in human care to date with 15 cubs.

Visit www.endangeredsong.si.edu for more information including how you can be involved in the project.

About The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (www.nationalzoo.si.edu) is a leader in science, conservation and sharing knowledge to save wildlife and habitats. Its living collection includes more than 1,800 animals from 300 species. Headquartered in Front Royal, Va., SCBI facilitates and promotes veterinary and reproductive research as well as conservation ecology programs based at Front Royal, the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. and at field research stations and training sites worldwide. The National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is a part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex.

About Portugal. The Man
Portland, OR-via-Wasilla, AK-based band Portugal. The Man released their most recent album, Evil Friends, produced by Danger Mouse, last year.  The band has grown a considerable fan base in the U.S. and worldwide through nonstop headline tours.  They've played every major notable festival including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and more.  Growing up in the wilderness of Alaska, lead singer John Gourley and bass player Zach Carothers developed a deep appreciation for the natural world which has heavily influenced the band's music and videos.  For more information on the band, visit www.portugaltheman.com, www.facebook.com/portugaltheman, https://twitter.com/portugaltheman and http://instagram.com/portugaltheman.

About DDB
DDB Worldwide (www.ddb.com) is one of the world's largest and most awarded advertising and marketing networks. In 2012 DDB was named Advertising Network of the Year by Campaign, as well as Agency of the Year and Digital Agency of the Year by Strategy magazine. At the prestigious 2013 Cannes International Festival of Creativity, DDB won 93 Lions, the most ever for the network. In addition, The Gunn Report has listed DDB as one of the Top 3 Global Networks for 12 of the last 15 years. The agency's clients include Volkswagen, McDonald's, Unilever, Mars, Johnson & Johnson, and Exxon Mobil, among others.

Founded in 1949, DDB is part of the Omnicom Group (NYSE) and consists of more than 200 offices in over 90 countries with its flagship office in New York, NY.

About Omnicom Group Inc.
Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

For further information on Omnicom and its brands, please visit www.omnicomgroup.com.


Christie Giera Director of Corporate Communications and North American Public Relations, DDB Worldwide Email: Christie.giera@ddb.com  Office: 212-415-2186

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