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First peek at wild tiger cubs in Berbak National Park, Sumatra

pub­lished 29 Novem­ber 2012 | mod­i­fied 05 Decem­ber 2012
A cam­era trap of the Zoo­log­i­cal Soci­ety of Lon­don (ZSL) has picked up the first ever footage of a tigress and cubs in a pre­vi­ously unstud­ied area next to Berbak National Park. The footage shows a Suma­tran tigress and her two cubs walk­ing through and explor­ing the for­est.

The footage:

This evi­dence of breed­ing in the region of Sem­bi­lang is extremely impor­tant as there are thought to be less than 300 Suma­tran tigers left in the wild. Or as Mr. Tatang, Head of Sem­bi­lang National Park, put it:
This footage high­lights that Sem­bi­lang National Park is now dou­bly impor­tant for Indone­sia; not only is it a major car­bon sink, but also a crit­i­cal habi­tat for tigers in South­ern Suma­tra. These data will help us ensure the Berbak-​Sembilang area is pri­ori­tised for protection

More infor­ma­tion to be found on ZSL’s web­site here.

The above news item is reprinted from mate­ri­als avail­able at 21st Cen­tury Tiger. Orig­i­nal text may be edited for con­tent and length.
(Soure: 21st Cen­tury Tiger News, 29.11.2012)
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