It is estimated that only between 500-600 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild, and the actual number may be as low as 400. And their population is dwindling rapidly.
A 1978 a tiger census reported around 1,000 Sumatran tigers still in the wild. This means over the last 25 years, the population of Sumatran tigers has been cut in half.
The Sumatran tiger is considered to be a ‘critically’ endangered species.
THE SUMATRAN TIGER,
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
the three rare Sumatran Tiger cubs born at Chester Zoo on 21st October.
The trio of endangered Sumatran cubs are the offspring of five year old mother Kirana and four year old father Fabi.
The births are a big success for the zoo and good news for the future of the species, as it is thought that only 400 Sumatran tigers are now left in the wild, where they are poached for traditional medicine.