Tigers in trouble
Friday 19 March 2004
Two of London Zoo's most popular residents are playing an essential role in the conservation of their species
Raika and Lumpur, our Sumatran tigers, are part of a breeding programme to ensure the continued survival of this species, both in the wild and in captivity.
Sumatran tigers are set to become extinct in their native Indonesia if the trade in the species and the destruction of their habitat does not stop. This shocking prospect is highlighted in a new report published by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.
The report was part-funded by 21st Century Tiger , which is a tiger fundraising partnership between ZSL and Global Tiger Patrol. ZSL is actively working to protect this critically endangered species through our own field work, our funding support for many other field projects and our participation in global breeding programmes for tigers.
Sarah Christie, ZSL conservation programme manager and UK tiger expert said, "Conservation organisations have known the danger of extinction facing this amazing animal for a long time, and this report serves to underline the importance of global action to protect the dwindling population of Sumatran tigers. ZSL is working with a variety of organisations, including government departments, other conservation agencies and corporate partners, to protect Sumatran tigers."
Download a copy of the TRAFFIC report here.
Traffic Sumatran Tiger Report (0.9 MB)