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Illegal trade in Sumatran tigers, body parts remains widespread

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 4 2009   /  02:26 pm

The illegal trade in Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris sumatraensis) and their body parts in Jambi province has gone on unabated and has caused the tiger population to dwindle year by year. "If this is tolerated, tigers will be extinct in Jambi within the next few years," Jambi province Natural Resources Conservation Center (BKSDA) head Didy Wurjanto said. Didy said the number of tigers in the province stood at around 50 a few years ago and they lived in four national parks and production forests in the province. "The number has dropped to only 20 this year," he said. He said his office had processed 10 cases of illegal trading in Sumatran tigers this year that led to the prosecution of poachers and traders dealing in tiger parts. Four tiger pelt traders were caught red-handed conducting transactions in August and November in Jambi city this year. "The larges...