Sumatran tigers help save their species in the wild

These three Sumatran tigers have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to wild tiger conservation in their seven years of life.

“All of our Sumatran tigers are ambassadors for their species, increasing awareness of the tiger’s plight in the wild and participating in encounters and photo sessions to raise funds for FFI’s tiger conservation programme,” said Australia Zoo’s International Conservation Manager Giles Clark.

As a long-term supporter of Fauna & Flora International (FFI), Australia Zoo donates funds, partially secured through general public experiences with big cat siblings Juma, Ranu and Singha, to our tiger programme in Sumatra, Indonesia. These funds are vital to the continued operations of FFI’s Tiger Protection Conservation Programme in Kerinci Seblat National Park.

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Juma, Ranu and Singha receive their birthday cakes from their handlers Geoff, Giles and Shane

With fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers remaining in the wild, FFI’s Tiger Protection & Conservation Units operate in one of the few protected areas in Asia where, park-wide, tiger encounter records have stabilized and potentially increased since 2007.

FFI works with the park authorities and local communities to strengthen protection through forest patrols and undercover investigations into illegal operations, combating the trafficking of tigers and tiger parts, resulting in the successful prosecution of dozens of poachers.

The TPCU team also conduct human-wildlife conflict mitigation, respond to wildlife emergencies and work to secure key tiger habitat outside the park.