Back Into the Wild

Sumatran tigers, or Panthera tigris sumatrae is a rare tiger subspecies, are found only on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. There are an estimated 400 to 500 left in the wild, most in national parks, and experts warn they will completely disappear from the wild in the coming years without greater protection.

Forest conversion, habitat fragmentation and conflict with humans are the biggest threats, and the Forestry Ministry believes an average of up to 10 tigers are killed every year in Indonesia.

Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation, South Sumatra, which is supported by the NGO, worked with the Forestry Ministry to rescue six tigers embroiled in conflicts with humans. Four of the tigers are now back in the wild after spending 18 months at a rescue centre.