Deforestation in Sumatra carves up tiger habitats into ever smaller patches; Basten Gokkon; MongaBay

Indonesia – Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra
  • Twelve years of deforestation in Sumatra have broken the habitats of its native big cat into smaller fragments, a new study says.
  • Only two of the remaining tiger forest landscapes in Sumatra are believed to have populations that are viable for the long term, both of which are under threat from planned road projects.
  • The researchers are calling for a complete halt to the destruction of tiger-occupied forests in Sumatra and the poaching of the nearly extinct predator.

JAKARTA — Extensive deforestation in Sumatra has corralled the island’s native tigers into fragmented habitats, only two of which contain a sufficiently robust population of the nearly extinct big cat, a recent study suggests.

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