Sumatran Tiger Conservation Project by rogersmithpix on Flickr.
Habitat destruction, poaching and other interaction with humans has reduced the number of Sumatran Tigers to less than 500.
The Sumatran Tiger, the smallest of all tiger sub-species, can be found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, an area that has recently undergone huge human development and agricultural growth. Rainforests in much of Asia, including Sumatra, are being cleared to make way for unsustainable palm oil plantations.
Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoos are part of a collective working to protect Sumatran Tigers in a number of ways. In 2010, the Chinese Year of the Tiger, a partnership between zoos around the world and the fundraising organisation 21st Century Tiger put enormous effort into raising awareness about the plight of tiger species. The partnership also generated funds for tiger conservation through habitat protection and regeneration and preventing the illegal trade in tigers and tiger products. Zoo-based research at Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoos complement these projects.