May 10, 2011

Sumatran Tiger Cubs Found in Threatened Forest

Some very rare and darling tiger cubs were captured on video in a forest being rapidly cleared by the paper & pulp industries. At about 1 minute into the video the cubs are seen playing with a leaf. 




WWF camera traps recorded an astounding 12 tigers in just two months in the central Sumatran landscape of Bukit Tigapuluh, including two mothers with cubs and three young tiger siblings playfully chasing a leaf.
Bukit Tigapuluh was identified as a global priority Tiger Conservation Landscape by leading scientists and is one of six landscapes the government of Indonesia pledged to protect at the November 2010 tiger summit. Unfortunately much of it faces the looming threat of being cleared by the pulp and paper industry which includes companies like Asia Pulp and Paper/Sinar Mas Group and Barito Pacific.
WWF is among the prominent scientists and conservation groups urging the two companies and the Indonesian government to protect these forests that are home to tigers.
It is estimated that only around 400 Sumatran tigers are left in the wild. The Sumatran tiger and the other five surviving tiger subspecies – the Amur, Malayan, Bengal, Indochinese and South China – number as few as 3,200, compared to 100,000 a century ago. WWF is working to build the political, financial and public support to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022.



You can support Sumatran tiger conservation through the purchase of ESPP's Sumatran tiger print.

1 comment:

  1. I am happy to see that there are sumatran tigers still present and reproducing...inspite of diforestration :)

    I have also tried to write a blog on endangered species.
    http://worldwidewildlife.blogspot.com/

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