Sumatran Tiger Population at Risk of Extinction in Bengkulu

THE JAKARTA GLOBE

Bengkulu. Sumatran Tigers in Bengkulu province are on the brink of extinction in yet more bad news for the future of the species.

Provincial conservation official Amon Zamora said only 50 tigers remained in six districts, where illegal logging continued on a massive scale.

A similar story is unfolding in Jambi province, which has less than 40 wild tigers surviving in the wild, and neighboring Lampung, with less than 20.

There are as few as 400 Sumatran tigers left in Indonesia, or about 12 percent of the estimated global tiger population of 3,200.

The tiger population is threatened by loss and fragmented habitat, decreasing prey populations, illegal poaching and trading of the tiger and its body parts, as well as human-tiger conflicts.

Amon said tigers often came into conflict with humans on farms bordering rainforest.

Tigers, highly prized in Chinese traditional medicine, were also hunted for their body parts, he said.

Amon said one of the main problems was the lack of forestry police to provide security.

Antara, JG

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