Zachary Quinto on saving tigers, Trump, and why hashtag activism is the real deal.

Zachary Quinto on saving tigers, Trump, and why hashtag activism is the real deal.
There are fewer than 4,000 wild tigers left on Earth. Zachary Quinto thinks we should give a damn. Photo by David Jensen. Actor Zachary Quinto ("Star Trek," "Heroes," "American Horror Story") talks to Upworthy about his involvement with tiger-saving campaign #3890Tigers, Trump, breakfast cereals — and tigers again.This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.Upworthy (UP): Why do you want to help save the tigers?Zachary Quinto (ZQ): I’m a long-time animal lover and animal rights activist. When this opportunity came to me, I realized how much [poaching] has been affecting the wild tiger population — it was something I felt called to get involved with. There are fewer than 4,000 wild tigers left in the world, which seems absolutely insane. UP: So judging by your passion to save the tigers, is it safe to say you’re more of a cat person than a dog person?ZQ: That’s actually not safe to say. I’m more of a dog person than a cat person. ... Sorry to dispel any illusions. UP: Do you own a dog?ZQ: I own two dogs. I should say, I rescued two dogs. dogs appropriately excited by my return. A post shared by Zachary Quinto (@zacharyquinto) on Feb 11, 2017 at 3:44pm PST UP: Tiger Beer is a big component of this campaign. If you could sit down and have a beer with any famous tiger —ZQ: Tony the Tiger.UP: Wow, I didn’t even finish the question. And why would that be?ZQ: Because I grew up with, “Theyyyy’re great!” You know, Tony the Tiger and — what was that, Frosted Flakes, right? I loved Frosted Flakes when I was a kid. Tony the Tiger really just lodged himself in my imagination.UP: What’s the craziest thing you’ve learned about tigers since joining this campaign?ZQ: I would say their power and the way that they ambush, I’m fascinated by. The power of their jaws, that they can take down animals much bigger than themselves. I would say the thing that I’m probably most moved by — as powerful as they are — they’re also really vulnerable. I feel like there’s a lot of