Indonesia’s Sumatran Tiger Dangerously Close to Extinction

Sumatran Tiger

The Sumatran tiger, found only on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, is a critically endangered big cat.  There are currently less than 400 of these rare and beautiful animals living in the wild.

At the time of the 1973 ratification of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), there were approximately 1000 Sumatran tigers in existence.  Despite Indonesia’s efforts to protect this rare and beautiful animal, the Sumatran tiger population has continued to decline due to loss of habitat, poaching and snares.

Sumatran tigers can live for up to 15 years in the wild. Approximately 100 years ago, there were three subspecies of Indonesian tiger, the Javan Tiger, Bali tiger and Sumatran tiger.  Both the Javan and Bali tiger are now extinct.

The Sumatran Tiger Trust is aggressively working to protect the tiger from extinction.  All of the proceeds donated to this group go directly to Sumatran tiger conservation.

You can read an Op Ed on Sumatran tiger conservation published by the JakartaGlobe here.

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