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whyfrance asked: Hello, I'm from Indonesia. What do you think of deforestation in Indonesia and the consequence for Sumatran tigers? I read the newspaper and there are more tigers have been killed in my country. How sad.
By the way, I love your blog.
I think it is devastating, and unfortunately I believe that the critically endangered Sumatran tiger will be extinct in the wild before too long if drastic measures are not taken soon to ensure their survival.
The deforestation that occurs in Indonesia is only one of the threats faced by the Sumatran Tiger. The eradication of habitat means loss of prey, so tigers are driven to human populated areas in search of food, where conflict with people is inevitable.
The other major threat is illegal poaching for commercial gain. According to a survey done by TRAFFIC, poaching accounts for 78% of estimated Sumatran tiger deaths which equals at least 40 animals per year. With a total population size of only somewhere between 400-500 individuals, I find these figures disturbing. The World Wildlife Fund have compiled a very detailed report on the illegal trade of Sumatran tiger parts here, if you are interested in reading further.
What can you personally do to give these tigers a chance? The WWF has a simple list here that might be useful, and I invite my followers in the United States to click here to tell Congress to support the Global Conservation Act to help combat wildlife trafficking and habitat destruction.