This year I won ZSL's Michael Bramble award and I'm so excited. I am using the award money to travel to see ZSL's work to conserve wild tigers in Indonesia later this year. Why? Well I'm a zookeeper lucky enough to look after the Sumatran tigers at ZSL London Zoo. I know firsthand how beautiful and amazing tigers are and I also know how near tigers are to extinction. Here are some quick facts that really scare me:
- Less than 3200 tigers are left in the wild
- Tigers are estimated to be extinct in the wild in 20 years
- There is not enough protected land for tigers to survive within reserves
- Only 7% of their total habitat remains
- Three subspecies of tiger became extinct in the 20th Century and there could soon be another on the list - the Sumatran tiger
ZSL (Zoological Society of London) do a great deal of work to ensure that tigers will have a future both in ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and through conservation projects in the field, and in travelling to Indonesia will be my opportunity to meet my colleagues working in Indonesia with the Sumatran tigers and see what we do to conserve the animals and their habitat and how we go about it. My hope is that this blog will help those who know me and those who don't share my experience and learn as I do about tigers, where they live and how we conserve them. In my next blog post, find out what I get up to looking after the Sumatran tigers in London, and some of the fun enrichment we do for them. Teague Stubbington Zoo Keeper at ZSL London Zoo
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