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The Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is a subspecies of tiger found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The wild population is estimated at between 400 and 500 animals, occurring predominantly in the island’s national parks.

The Sumatran tiger is only found naturally in Sumatra, a large island in western Indonesia. It lives anywhere from lowland forests to mountain forest and inhabits many unprotected areas. Only about 400 live 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 that will soon be lost and the rest are spread out in areas that are quickly being lost to agriculture. The reserves are not safe because, despite conservation efforts, many tigers are killed by poachers each year.The Sumatran tiger is found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra in habitat that ranges from lowland forest to sub mountain and mountain forest including some peat moss forests. According the Tiger Information Center and the World Wildlife Fund there are no more than 500 of these tigers left in the wild with some estimates considerably lower.

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I began my photographic hobby at the age of 12, developing and printing 120, 620 &35mm B&W, forever learning and refining the fascinating art of photography. Now at 78 I still continue with increased enjoyment using digital medium – and still learning.
My favourite places for photography are the Melbourne Zoos . These are the Melbourne Zoo , the Healesville Sanctuary and the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
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  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 6 years ago

    A wonderful shot of this beautiful animal.

  • Thanks Irene :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanabout 6 years ago

    hey this is fabulous. I think he might want to eat your camera tho Tom.

  • Thanks Jenny, he doesn’t look friendly does he, I think he would like more than my camera somehow :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • margotk
    margotkabout 6 years ago

    Excellent shot, Tom – fantastic!!

  • Thanks Margot :-) :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Gene Praag
    Gene Praagabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful capture…..He sure has his eyes on you!

  • Thanks Gene :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Kathryn Potempski
    Kathryn Potempskiabout 6 years ago

    this is outstanding Tom so much detail stunning well done, thanks for your comments

  • Thanks Kathryrn :-) :-)

    – Tom Newman

    AUDEANYESabout 6 years ago

    wow, this is gorgeous, i love tigers!! perfect picture

  • Thanks Audean:-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanabout 6 years ago

    Gorgeous, Tom! I love the Sumatrans!

  • Thanks Lisa, me too :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallaceabout 6 years ago

    This is great Tom. That is a pretty intense look he has on you. Aren’t you glad for your zoom? Beautiful detail and expression.

  • Thanks Marjorie , very thankful for the 600mm and the fence of course :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Dusker
    Duskeralmost 6 years ago

    What you mean there was a fence between you—not very brave! This is a great shot, the eyes have it, or they have you! Heather

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanalmost 6 years ago

    Thanks Dusker, me- not brave , you are so right chicken is what they call it I think, not only a fence but a small moat LoL :-)

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