These adorable Sumatran tiger cubs were caught by World Wildlife Fund‘s hidden camera in the area of Bukit Tigapuluh National Park of Central Sumatra (see map below).
Because there are only approximately 400 Sumatran tigers remaining in the wild, catching these three thriving cubs on camera is extremely rare and cause for celebration!
The tiger’s shrinking habitat is threatened by the paper and pulp industry. The natural forest area where these tiger cubs were recorded is under threat of being cleared, even though it is one of six areas the Indonesian government pledged to protect by designation as a “Global Priority Tiger Conservation Landscape”. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other conservation groups are working to save these natural tiger habitats.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, we have lost nearly 97% of our wild tigers in the past 100 years. The population of the six surviving tiger subspecies in the wild: Sumatran, Amur, Malayan, Bengal, Indochinese and South China, is as few as 3,200! WWF hopes to build the political, financial and public support to double the number of wild tigers by 2022.
For more information on tigers and their preservation, visit WWF Tiger facts & future.