Sign to Save Sumatra‘s Tigers
The Bukit Tigapuluh forest landscape in Jambi and Riau provinces of Sumatra, also known as “Thirty Hills,” is one of the most important habitats of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger. Recently, WWF video and camera traps have recorded the presence of 12 tigers, including two mothers and their cubs, in the forests outside Bukit Tigapuluh National Park. Sadly, the area is under imminent threat of being cleared by pulp and paper companies and illegal palm oil growers.
The Bukit Tigapuluh landscape is also critical to the survival of forest-dwelling indigenous people, the Suku Talang Mamak and Orang Rimba, who have been living there for centuries. Many other endangered species, including orangutans and elephants, also depend on the forest there.
As one of only 20 “global priority Tiger Conservation Landscapes”—so designated because they offer the highest probability of persistence of tiger populations over the long term—the Bukit Tigapulah landscape contains one of the broadest collections of Sumatran megafauna and flora. Yet of the approximately 320,000 hectares of natural forest in the landscape, only 135,000 hectares are protected in the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park. The area outside the national park including where the tigers were documented on video are threatened, mostly by industrial plantations, illegal encroachment and palm oil development.
Urge the government of Indonesia and the logging industry to stop the destruction of critical tiger habitat in Sumatra.
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