Sumatran Tiger Habitat Loss Blamed on Plantation Firms

24 October 2013

The tiger population in the rainforests of Sumatra is vanishing at a staggering rate, reducing the number of the endangered species to as few as 400, Greenpeace International has warned.

The primary reason is the expansion of oil palm and pulpwood plantations, which were responsible for nearly two-thirds of the destruction of tiger habitat between 2009 and 2011, the most recent period for which official Indonesian government data is available.

In a new study released on Tuesday, Greenpeace says such destruction fragments the extensive tracts of rainforest required for tigers need to range freely in order to hunt.

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