Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae)
Rework of an old photo taken in NZ while on holiday
The Sumatran tiger is only found naturally in Sumatra, a large island in western Indonesia. Its habitat ranges from lowland forests to sub-mountain and mountain-forests, including peat swamp forests. Much of its habitat is unprotected, with only about 400 living in game reserves and national parks. The largest population of about 110 tigers lives in Gunung Leuser National Park. Another 100 live in unprotected areas which are being converted for agriculture.
Deforestation resulting from the production of palm oil is a major threat to the Sumatran Tiger.4 The reserves also do not provide safety, as many tigers are killed by poachers each year despite conservation efforts. According to the Tiger Information Centre and the World Wildlife Fund there are no more than 500 remaining Sumatran Tigers in the wild, with some estimates considerably lower.
The continuing loss of habitat is intensifying the crisis to save this tiger.
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