taken at Symbio Wildlife Park, Helensburgh NSW – October 2011
The Sumatran tiger is the smallest of the tiger subspecies as compared to the Siberian tiger which is the largest.
Sumatran male tigers average 8 feet (2.438m) in length from head to tail and weigh about 265 lbs.(120.2 kg). Females average 7 feet (2.134 m) in length and weigh about 200 lbs (90.718 kg).
The keeper told us that there are only 450 in captivity and 250 in the wild. Their habitat is being destroyed to make way for palm plantations to be able to produce palm oil, a common ingredient in most of the foods we consume.