The Indonesian island of Sumatra holds some of the richest and most diverse tropical forests on the planet, giving shelter to many rare species and providing livelihoods for millions of people.The forests of Sumatra are home to some of the world’s rarest animals and plant species. The WWF estimates that as few as 400 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild. The tigers’ habitat is dwindling fast on the Indonesian island. It is home to lesser-known marvels, like the proboscis monkey, sun bear, clouded leopard and flying fox bat. But these magnificent creatures are disappearing as their forest homes are rapidly being cut down to make way for oil palm plantation or destroyed by commercial or illegal logging. The location where the video was captured lies outside protected park boundaries, he noted, and current development plans call for forest clearance at the site over the next few years.Rampant poaching also poses a grave threat to the island’s endangered species – tigers are hunted for their skins, rhinos are killed for their horns, and orangutans are taken from the wild for the entertainment and tourism trade. From saving the Sumatran tiger – the most endangered subspecies of tigers – to conserving the habitat of the Sumatran elephant in the island’s central Riau province – an area with one of the fastest rates of deforestation in Indonesia – WWF is working with local partners on Sumatra to protect the island’s remaining forests and habitats.
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- Tigers under threat from dog disease (bbc.co.uk)
- Sumatran Tigers in Jambi May Face Extinction Within 10 Years (thejakartaglobe.com)
- Ecological disaster looms for rain forests of Sumatra (japantimes.co.jp)