Dozens of fundraisers put their personal fears to one side as they walked over hot coals in a bid to raise money for Sumatran tigers at London Zoo. The fans of the wild cats gathered at the park on 24th February, to do their part in raising the money that is needed for a conservation enclosure for the wild animals.
These cats are struggling in the wild and it is hoped the money that is raise will help fund research projects, which in turn will help them to survive in the wild. Figures have shown that the numbers of Sumatran tigers have reduced by approximately 95% during the last decade. Currently, it is though that there are only 300 left in the wild.
World Wide Fund for Nature
According to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), tigers could be thing of Sumatran history if nothing is done to curb the demise now. 65 countries around the world have destroyed five million acres of the Sumatran rainforest by using unsustainable paper products.
Each and every year, more than seven million tons of paper and pulp is taken from the Sumatran tiger’s habitat. This is for the purpose of manufacturing paper products such as coffee cups, printing and toilet paper.
Since 1985 the speed at which the forest has shrunk is shocking, with half the Indonesian forest cover being lost. Out of this five million acres of has been at the hands of the paper and pulp industry.
Deforestation is to blame for the reduction in number of wild Sumatran tigers, with orang-utans, clouded leopards and the critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros also battling extinction. The maintenance of tiger habitat is key in making sure the species does not die out.
As the animals natural habitat shrinks in size they begin living in closer proximity to humans, which in turn creates human-tiger conflict. This in many cases results in animals being killed.
Chances of survival
The future of the tiger is bleak with the production of Palm nut oil, deforestation and poaching all lower the chances of survival.
Rhinos are one wild animal that are being slaughtered for no reason, the horn on the animal is a vital part of Chinese medicine and more recently in Vietnam too. Science itself has shown that the horn has no medical value, but yet the myth of its healing properties has created an industry valued at $130 million.
Without intervention from Governments and other sources these animals are facing a losing battle in the wild.