There Are Fewer Than 400 Sumatran Tigers Left!

Brian Mckay

Brian McKay

Ever heard of the Balinese Tiger? How about the Javan Tiger?

No? Well few have. These two sub-species went extinct decades ago at the hands of paper, palm oil, and rubber industries. The question is whether or not their cousins, the Sumatran tigers, will be next.

Luckily, there is hope for this majestic species. See rare footage of wild Sumatran tiger cubs below, and read on to find out how you can help keep them alive!

Why is this happening?

The Sumatran tiger subspecies is found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Sadly, every minute on Sumatra a forested area the size of five football fields is cleared to make way for paper, rubber, and palm oil plantations.

In 1978, there were as many as 1,000 Sumatran tigers left in the wild. Today, there are fewer than 400. Without permanent habitat protection, Sumatran tigers face the same fate as their cousins the Bali and Javan.

Is there hope for the tigers of Sumatra?

Miraculously, yes.

If given enough habitat, tigers are breeding machines. Their populations have been shown to rebound astoundingly quickly in a supportive environment. It’s up to us to make sure they have one.

In the video below, see rare footage of two Sumatran tiger cubs — on the very land you can help protect!

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Most Sumatran forests are owned by the government and leased out for profitable commercial activities. Petitions and political appeals to protect the forest haven’t worked, so GreaterGood is taking a different approach.

This Earth Day, we’re purchasing a permit to allocate 6,700 acres — the range of one Sumatran tiger — to wildlife preservation. By re-zoning critical habitat that’s currently slated for deforestation, we can literally give these tigers the space and resources they need to rebound.

Kieran Palmer

Kieran Palmer

How can you help?

You can help permanently protect the entire range of one Sumatran tiger by helping us reach our goal by Earth Day, April 22nd. Right now, thanks to a matching pledge, you can protect an acre for just $3.41.

Be part of the solution and ensure that future generations share a planet with these amazing creatures!

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G. H. was raised in Minnesota, but currently calls Seattle her home. She's a blogger, editor, and journalist, and she's written everything from news reports to restaurant reviews. If she's not putting pen to paper, G. H. is probably experimenting in the kitchen, chilling out on her yoga mat, or running through a city park.