Monday, May 21, 2007

Indonesia: Trade in Sumatran tigers continues

JAMBI, Jambi: The poaching of and trade in wild Sumatran tigers (panthera tigris Sumatraensis) in Jambi province continues, threatening the species with extinction, and official said Monday.

Head of the Jambi Natural Resources Conservation Center Agung Setyabudi blamed the problem on the lack of supervision.

He said that poaching of Sumatran tigers was widespread in the Kerinci Seblat National Park and forests in Merangin, Sarolangun and Bungo regencies. "The animals are usually sold in Jambi city, Sarolangun, Bangko and Muarobungo," Agung said.

According to Traffic, an environmental group from Malaysia concerned with issues on endangered animals, 39 traders in Jambi have been found selling tiger parts since 2002.

The tiger population has drastically dwindled due to poaching and trading practices. Based on data from Traffic, there were only 76 Sumatran tigers still living in the Kerinci Seblat National Park in 2004. News_Headlines&TEMPLATE=/CM/ContentDisplay .cfm&CONTENTID=5555

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