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Jakarta Post

Sumatran tigers need more sanctuaries: Government

  • Apriadi Gunawan and Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

North Padang Lawas/Jambi   /   Fri, November 25 2016   /  09:10 am

The number of existing animal sanctuaries in Indonesia is insufficient to meet the needs of the many endangered wildlife species in the archipelago, especially those on the verge of extinction, an official has warned.

There are currently 11 animal sanctuaries in Indonesia but the country needs at least 50 such facilities, according to Environment and Forestry Ministry secretary general Bambang Hendroyono.

“We aim to build new animal sanctuaries in the next three years,” he said during the inauguration of a Sumatran tiger sanctuary in Batu Nanggar village, North Padang Lawas regency, North Sumatra, on Wednesday.

Among the most endangered animals are Sumatran tigers, elephants, orangutans and rhinoceri, he said.

The population of Sumatran tigers, which are on the brink of extinction, has continued to decline over the years, as a result of rampant poaching an...