Tag: Sumatra

Sumatran tiger dies of poisoning in Aceh

A critically endangered Sumatran tiger has died of insecticide poisoning in Indonesia’s Aceh province, a conservation official said on Wednesday. 

The female tiger, aged between 2-3 years, was found in South Aceh district on Monday with injuries caused by a snare, said Agus Arianto, the head of the provincial government’s Nature Conservation Agency.  

“A necropsy indicates it died of poisoning caused by an agricultural insecticide,” he said. 

It was not clear if the tiger was deliberately poisoned. 

Last month, another Sumatran tiger died after it ate a sheep laced with rat poison in neighbouring North Sumatra province.

In June, police in Aceh also arrested four people for allegedly killing a tiger with a trap and selling its hide, skull and fangs for 100 million rupiah (7,000 dollars).

Conservationists said the coronavirus pandemic had led to increased poaching in the forests on Sumatra island, as locals turn to hunting to make ends meet.

An increased amount of traps have been found in Sumatra, which is home to some of the world’s most endangered species, according to the conservation group Leuser Conservation Forum.

The Sumatran tiger is the only tiger subspecies left in Indonesia, after the tigers on the islands of Java and Bali became extinct years ago.

There are only about 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, and their population is dwindling due to poaching and loss of natural habitat caused by rapid deforestation for palm oil plantations, conservationists warn.

A tiger mom and her cubs captured on camera roaming a Sumatran forest

A camera trap footage that captured sightings of a female Sumatran tiger mating and roaming with her four cubs in a remote forest in Riau province highlighted the need to conserve forests so that rare and endangered species such as tigers can live and breed naturally.

The footage was released on Sunday by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Riau Natural Resources and Conservation Agency, or BKSDA, in commemoration of International Tiger Day held annually on July 29 to raise awareness on tiger conservation as the big cat is pushed to the brink of extinction.

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A screen capture from a footage released by WWF Indonesia and Riau Natural Resources and Conservation Agency shows rare and endangered Sumatran tigers live peacefully in their natural habitat in a protected Riau forest

“Based on our observation of visuals captured in the camera trap, there are adult male and female tigers, including the female with the four cubs, that make the forest their homes,” said Suharyono, head of Riau BKSDA.

Suharyono, who, like many Indonesians, goes by one name, said it was also evident from the footage that the cubs had grown to sub adults, aged less than a year old.

“We identified from her stripe pattern that it was the same female tiger sighted several times with the four cubs,” Sunarto, a wildlife ecologist with the WWF Indonesia in Riau, said.

The footage comes after police in South Aceh district last week arrested two men for allegedly trying to sell tiger skin.

According to the 1990 Natural Conservation Law, killing a protected species such as a Sumatran tiger is punishable by up to five years in prison and maximum fines of 100 million rupiah ($7,000).

The Sumatran tiger is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and is the only tiger subspecies left in Indonesia after the Javan and Balinese tiger subspecies went extinct in the 1920s and 1940s.

Watch the clip and read the full story in Arab News

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Six Indonesian provinces, located on the islands of Sumatera and Kalimantan, have issued forest fire alerts, the National Disaster Management Agency said  Tuesday.   Continue reading “Six Indonesian provinces issue emergency alerts over forest fires”

Indonesia, Singapore in war of words over haze

As haze from forest fires in Indonesia sent Singapore’s pollution index to unhealthy levels Monday, Vice President Jusuf Kalla hit out at the whining city state, urging it to act on its offer to help and “not just talk”. Continue reading “Indonesia, Singapore in war of words over haze”