Fighting extinction: Sumatran tigers
Melbourne Zoo has joined the fight to save the Sumatran tiger from extinction through a captive breeding program and the Don’t Palm Us Off initiative.
The Sumatran tiger is critically endangered, with numbers in the wild estimated to be in the hundreds. A major reason for the decline in numbers is that their natural habitat on the Indonesian island of Sumatra is being cleared to make way for palm oil plantations.
In 2010 tiger cubs Aceh, Hutan, Indrah and Rani were born at the Melbourne Zoo as part of an international endangered species breeding program. At present there are more tigers in zoos around the world than there are in the wild.