Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sumatran tiger via camera trap

Five years ago WWF set a "camera trap" in the jungles of Sumatra in hopes of capturing a wild Sumatran tiger.   Finally a mother and her cubs -- one of only 400 believed to survive in the wild --  was caught on video in Tesso Nilo, Riau, Indonesia.

Karmila Parakkasi, the leader of WWF-Indonesia’s Sumatran tiger research team says:
“We are very concerned though, because the territory of this tigress and its cubs is being rapidly cleared by two global paper companies, palm oil plantations, and illegal loggers. Will the cubs survive to adulthood in this environment?” 
Feb. 14 marks the start of the "Year of the Tiger."

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