Save the Sumatran tiger and the Indonesian rainforests!
Tigers in Indonesia
Tigers have been around for a very long time. Tiger fossils found in China are estimated to be up to 2 million years old. A century ago, as many as 100,000 wild tigers inhabited Asia. Now, we’ve lost 97% of those big cats, leaving around 3,000 in the wild today. The primary threat is loss of habitat with up to 80% of suitable forest in Indonesia having been lost in the past 20 years. The average annual rate of forest loss in Indonesia was 498,000 hectares from 2000 to 2010, or the equivalent of over 55 rugby fields per hour.
Loss of habitat
Deforestation for palm oil is driving Sumatran tigers toward extinction. As few as 400 tigers are thought to remain in the rainforests of Sumatra, which are vanishing at a staggering rate. Expansion of oil palm and pulpwood plantations was responsible for nearly two-thirds of the destruction of tiger habitat from 2009 to 2011, the most recent period for which official Indonesian government data are available. Such destruction fragments the extensive tracts of rainforest over which tigers need to range in order to hunt. Even Sumatran tiger habitat in protected areas such as the world-famous Tesso Nilo National Park has been virtually destroyed by encroachment or illegal palm oil production, and government officials acknowledge that protection for such areas exists only on paper.
Greenpeace protecting paradise
Greenpeace are working on a campaign to protect the Indonesian rainforests from being cut down and turned into palm oil plantations.
“There are solutions that don’t involve forest destruction. We want clean palm oil and we ask that our favourite brands listen to our voices. We believe immediate action must be taken to stop habitat destruction finding its way into the products we love. We have the right to know if our favourite products are linked to tiger extinction.” – Greenpeace
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“The last home of the Sumatran tiger is being destroyed to make the products we love. Join the thousands taking action to Protect Paradise.” – Greenpeace