Loss of habitat
Tiger habitats have contracted to just 7% of their former size.
In Southeast Asia, the remaining forests that tigers share with elephants, rhino, hornbills, tapirs and many more species are regarded by government as real estate.
If legally unprotected, these forests are considered in urgent need of economic development. If protected, they are often seen as a drain on resources and inconvenient impediments to economic and social growth.
Habitat loss and fragmentation and reduction of prey numbers are important threats to tigers. The annual rate of forest loss has been increasing across Indonesia.
The loss of habitat through illegal logging and conversion of land for agriculture and plantations are out of control. As a result, the habitat critical to both tigers and their prey in Sumatra is rapidly vanishing.
This serves to increase the tiger’s vulnerability to poaching, which has been considered the most urgent threat to the survival of the species since the early 1990s.
Give Tigers a Tomorrow
Visit Tiger Territory at ZSL London Zoo and your ticket will help ZSL to continue working in Sumatra to save this charismatic carnivore.