Learn about the majestic Sumatran tiger - the smallest of the tiger subspecies, and among the most critically endangered.
Welcome to our first Wildlife Wednesday blog post! For this series, we’ll be highlighting one wild animal that’s either endangered or under threat, providing some facts about the animal as well as information on what we can do to protect them. First up: the Sumatran tiger.
Habitat: The forests and swamps of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Sumatran tiger trivia
Why they’re threatened
Sumatran tigers are listed as Critically Endangered. There may be no more than 400 left in the wild. If this subspecies becomes extinct, it will be the fourth tiger subspecies to disappear completely from the wild.
Even though they’re protected under Indonesian law, there is an underground market for Sumatran tiger products and parts. However, there’s also another issue at play—deforestation. According to recent research by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and scientists at Virginia Tech, these tigers face an extra threat due to the loss of groundcover that is essential to their habitat. In many cases, land is being cleared to make room for plantations.
According to the environmental organization Greenpeace, companies such as Asian Pulp and Paper (APP) play a large role in the destruction of the Sumatran tiger’s habitat. One of Greenpeace’s recent campaigns asks Canadians to speak up and tell APP that they do not want their paper products while they continue to contribute to rainforest destruction.
How to help Sumatran tigers