Panthera congratulates the ongoing commitment by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to bring attention to the needs of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger. Using camera traps, WWF recently captured the images of possibly 12 Sumatran tigers, including cubs. Unfortunately, these 12 tigers were seen in the Bukit Tigapuluh forest, an area that continues to experience rampant deforestation for palm oil and paper plantations - which means their future is at serious risk. Through releasing these camera trap images, WWF continues to reveal that tigers are persisting in this area and cannot be forgotten; and their habitat and prey populations need to be protected as well.
“With the best current estimates indicating that only 400-500 Sumatran tigers survive in the wild, we applaud the work of WWF in Sumatra. Capturing these images of not just tigers, but tiger cubs, in an increasingly threatened area, is a sign of hope and a message to the world that tigers are persisting despite all odds, and efforts to halt habitat loss and prey depletion are needed more than ever, especially in this area,” said Panthera President and CEO Alan Rabinowitz. “Through our Tigers Forever initiative, Panthera is working with other NGO’s to deploy camera traps across the tigers range, including Sumatra, to assess and monitor tiger populations. They are an instrumental tool in our quest to save wild tigers. The more data we have on tigers, the better chance we have at pulling them back from the brink of extinction.”
Click here to view the camera trap video of a mother and her three cubs in Sumatra’s Bukit Tigapuluh forest.
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