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Jakarta Post

Sumatran tigers still under threat despite captive-breeding successes

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil


Jakarta   /   Thu, July 30 2020   /  01:00 am
A female Sumatran tiger nicknamed Corina rests at a local rehabilitation center in Dharmasraya, West Sumatra on April 6. Corina is among other Sumatran tigers that were rescued from wire traps set by hunters in the forest amid the COVID-19 pandemic.(-/Courtesy of the Environment and Forestry Ministry)

The recent birth of a Sumatran tiger, a critically endangered species native to Indonesia, at the Wroclaw Zoo in Poland is a welcome development, as its wild relatives continue to face threats in their natural habitat in Indonesia. The female cub was born on May 29 from her 7-year-old mother Nuri and 11 year old father Tengah, but news of her arrival was made public only recently. The cub is yet to be named and the zoo has invited the public to offer suggestions via its Facebook account. There are 402 Sumatran tigers in captivity, 130 of which are in Indonesia, with the rest in zoos in Europe, Australia, Japan and the United States, according to Indonesian Environment and Forestry Ministry. “Sumatran tigers overseas are from wildlife exchanges between Indonesian zoos and foreign zoos – some are also gifts from Indonesian presidents when visiting other countries in th...