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Three more tigers to be released in Tambling forest

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 5 2009   /  01:39 pm

Members of the Belimbing community in Way Haru village, Bengkunat Belimbing district, West Lampung, are becoming increasingly anxious about the planned release of three Sumatran tigers in the Tampang Belimbing (Tambling) forest. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to officiate the release of the three tigers into the forest, located in the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (TNBSS), on Environment Day, which falls on June 5. Tribal elders from the community said residents would face potential danger if the tigers, originally from Aceh, were released. Two of five Sumatran tigers caught by Acehnese residents were released in the Tambling Nature Wildlife Conservation (TNWC) area in the TNBSS on July 22 last year. The Forestry Ministry has given the management rights of the TNWC area, which spans 300 hectares, to businessman Tomy Winata. Forestry Ministe...