Tigers Critically Endangered
Sumatran tigers like all sub species of tiger are critically endangered - Wildlife Warriors are fighting to change this. Since having tigers at Australia Zoo in 2003 we have raised and donated over 1.5 million dollars to support tiger conservation in south East Asia.
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors is leading the way in tiger conservation helping to fund and train anti-poaching patrol units (TPCU) working in partnership with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra.
The TPCU program is made up of 6 units who work patrolling the forest where they act as a deterrent for poachers and people illegally encroaching into the tigers’ habitat. They also remove hundreds of snares each year and help local communities mitigate conflict with wildlife. This program is now widely recognised as the most successful tiger conservation law enforcement program in South East Asia. Kerinci Seblat is thought to contain the largest population of Sumatran tigers in a continuous forest habitat making it vital for the future of the species.
It is estimated that just 100 years ago there were over 100,000 tigers in the vast forests of Asia; today it is possible that fewer than 4,000 remain. Human activity is largely responsible for the tigers’ demise. We remain the biggest threat to their survival in the wild but we are in a position to change this.
Wildlife Warriors works to combat the three main contributing factors to the decline in tiger populations: habitat destruction, poaching for traditional Chinese medicines and the rise in conflict caused by the destruction of habitat and natural prey.