30 July 2016
The 29th of July was International Tiger Day; a day that promotes the protection of tigers and presents an opportunity to raise awareness and support for tiger conservation efforts worldwide.
Wildlife Warriors and Australia Zoo are leading the way in tiger conservation helping to fund the most successful protection campaign in Asia run by Flora and Fauna International. The funding supports training and equipment for Tiger Protection and Conservation Units (TPCU) combating poaching activity, and today the crew are celebrating the recent efforts to protect Sumatran tigers.
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors are relieved to hear of the formal arrest of a pair of prominent wildlife criminals in Sumatra, Indonesia who were captured January, 2016 and sentenced for poaching tiger skin and bones and proposing to sell the evidence.
With these men in custody there are now two less threats facing the precious population of Sumatran tigers in Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra.
Australia Zoo's Curator, Kelsey Engle is thrilled with the news and what it means for the future of the Sumatran tiger species.
"This is wonderful news and something I think will give our supporters and donors a lot of gratification, knowing that every little bit of support can make a difference like this," said Kelsey.
"There are less than 400 Sumatran tigers remaining in the wild; they are in desperate need of our help so to hear that there have been solid developments towards their protection is very encouraging and a significant step forwards in tiger conservation," she added.
Law enforcement was launched after a long-running covert investigation by TPCU personnel into the serious poaching threat to tigers recorded during patrols in the national park and to date, these are the harshest sentences ever handed down under current Indonesian wildlife law.
Sumatran tigers, like all sub species of tiger, are critically endangered-and Wildlife Warriors are fighting to change this. Since having tigers at Australia Zoo in 2003, Wildlife Warriors have raised and donated over 1.5 million dollars to support tiger conservation in South East Asia.
Australia Zoo is home to 14 tigers, both Sumatran and Bengal, who all play an important role in educating guests on the plight of wild tigers and our responsibility to protect them from extinction.
International Tiger Day was the perfect occasion to celebrate these beautiful animals as well as the birth of Australia Zoo's newest and arguably cutest additions, Sumatran tiger cubs Scout, Delilah and Reggie as they continue to raise awareness and funds for their critically endangered wild cousins.
Celebrate International Tiger Day by helping Wildlife Warriors in their fight to save the Sumatran tiger. One $5 tiger wristband can help save a tiger in the wild for one day!
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