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Jakarta Post

Sumatran tigers nearly extinct in Way Kambas

  • Oyos Saroso H.N.

    The Jakarta Post

Bandarlampung   /   Tue, January 18 2011   /  11:52 am

The critically-endangered Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) population in Way Kambas National Park (TNWK) has declined past recent estimates as a result of poaching and the destruction of wildlife habitats.The latest data issued by the TNWK in Lampung this month showed that the number of Sumatran tigers in the park has dwindled to the brink of extinction.Coordinator of the Sumatran Tiger Rescue and Conservation Foundation (PKHS) Sumianto said the current number of tigers found in the 125,000-hectare national park was estimated at less than 30. He added that in 2000 the population was estimated at 36 to 40 tigers.“We monitored their number through camera traps in 2010 and estimated that there were around 30 tigers, a decrease compared to 2000,” Sumianto said on Monday.According to Sumianto, the biggest threats against Sumatran tigers in TNWK are poaching and deforestation.“T...