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Conducted by the Homocker Wildlife Research Institute of Moscow, Idaho, this project is
now making critical progress in conservation of this largest tiger sub-species.

North Atlantic Humpback Whale Study ($50,000 from 1993-1994)
These fiinds supported identification of Humpback Whales and the development of a
genetic data bank for seven species of Humpback Whales as part of an ongoing study by
the Center for Coastal Studies.

In all, Exxon contributed nearly $400,000 to collaborative projects between 1991 and 1994.
By securing support from Exxon and other private sources, on average NFWF effectively r
leveraged government fimds by more than 2 to 1 on these projects.

Factors in the Selection of NFWF as Exxon's Partner in the Save the Tiger Fund (STF)

With Exxon's decision to establish a major project for tiger conservation beginning in 1995,
perhaps the largest corporate-sponsored species recovery effort ever undertaken, NFWF was a
natural candidate as a partner.

• NFWF has estabUshed a large network of conservationists and conservation organizations.
This network assures that their projects are scientifically significant and carried out with
professionalism.

• Exxon's years of collaboration with NFWF have resulted in the development of effective
working relationships between staff and management of our two organizations.



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NFWF brings over a decade of experience with field conservation projects in general as
well as with the Siberian tiger project.

• An able management staffs led by Amos Eno, ensures fimds managed at NFWF are
efBciently applied toward conservation projects rather than consumed in overhead and
fund-raising expenses.

NFWF is experienced and efifective in cooperatively managing projects with one or more
business or non-profit partoers.

Exxon's Tiger Conservation Commitment

For most of this century, the tiger has symbolized Exxon and its products. Our relationship
with the tiger is truly special. It's hard to imagine a world without tigers roaming somewhere
wild and free. We don't want that to happen, not only because the tiger is our symbol - but also
because the loss of this regal beast would diminish us all. That's why Exxon has pledged a
million dollars a year for at least five years to help save the tiger.

Tigers once roamed over much of Asia. At the turn of the century, there were over one
hundred thousand tigers in the wild, including representatives of eight sub-species. Today,
only five sub-species still remain. The Bah, Caspian and Javan sub-species have all
disappeared. The remaining sub-species - Bengal, Siberian, Sumatran, Indochinese, and South
China - are all endangered. According to the Swiss-based World Conservation Union, there
are only between 4,600 and 7,400 tigers still surviving in the wild today. It is generally agreed
that their mmibers are decUning everywhere.

Although there are some 38 major protected areas in Asian countries, nearly one-third of all
wild tigers live outside these ranges and are imlikely to survive.

The World Conservation Union lists all five sub-species as endangered. The more rare South
China, Siberian and Sumatran tigers are critically endangered. They face an 80% chance of
extinction within two generations, or about 15 years, if nothing fiuther is done to protect them.

Yet, based on the professional advice of prominent tiger conservationists, Exxon's commitment
of $5 million over five years, when combined with those who would join us through the Save
the Tiger Fund, can make a difference. Species such as the American Bison, the Peregrine
Falcon and our American symbol, the Bald Eagle are ail examples of conservation success
stories. Exxon wants the tiger to join this Hst.

Protecting the tiger and its habitat will also aid in the conservation of the many other species
that live within the expansive areas needed to support these largest of the big cats.



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Remarks by Lee R. Raymond
Chairman, Exxon Corporation
114th Annual Meeting of Shareholders
April 24, 1 996 • As Given



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Before returning to the business of the meeting, I would like to comment on two
other matters that I know are of particular interest to all of you.

While the Exxon tiger is running well throughout the world, the same can't be
said for the real tiger which inspired our long-popular marketing symbol. I know that
shareholders and employees share my concern about what is happening to this
wonderful animal.

As many of you know, the tiger is an endangered species on the brink of
extinction. Fewer than 8,000 remain in the wild.

In response to this, last year, Exxon and the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation, a nonprofit foundation, launched a major new campaign to help save the
tiger. The Save the Tiger Fund is sponsoring plans designed by conservation experts to
try to save the five remaining tiger species in Asia. In 1 995, tiger projects in nine
countries received support.

Part of this joint effort involves promoting grass-roots support by making the
public aware of the plight of the tiger and encouraging tax-deductible donations. I hope
that many of you were able to visit our Save the Tiger display in the lobby, which
provides information on how Exxon is helping address this issue.

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