Endangered Tigers to Get $33 Million

Critically endangered Sumatran tigers will have a fund of $33 million set up for a project to attempt doubling their population by 2022. An official from the Indonesian National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) said the funding is coming from the Global Tiger Recovery Program, which was started by the World Bank.

The Forestry Minister said so far they have not focused enough on conservation of these tigers and they need to generate more of their own funding for it. He also said, “The total amount of CSR funding from companies in Indonesia is around Rp 20 trillion a year, so if we could just set aside Rp 1 trillion for tiger conservation, it would go a long way.” (Source: Jakarta Globe)

According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are less than 400 Sumatran tigers remaining in the wild, and their population is declining due to deforestation and poaching. In 1978 it was estimated there were about 1,000. They live only on Sumatra in mountain, lowland and swamp forests.

The Global Tiger Recovery Program is a comprehensive approach to planning for tiger conservation in all the countries where wild tigers live and for those nations to collaborate on saving their tigers by sharing information and working together. A core component of saving wild tigers and encouraging the large increase in their populations by 2022, is reducing poaching and illegal trade in their body parts.

Also palm oil production is causing deforestation and contributing to the loss of wildlife. Palm oil is in many consumer products such as chocolate, lipstick, body lotion and packaged foods. We can help Sumatran tigers and wildlife there such as orangutans, by being informed consumers and avoiding products containing palm oil.

Image Credit: Captain Herbert / Wiki Commons

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109 comments

Antonella C.
Antonella C.3 years ago

saving animals, we save humans

Frans Badenhorst
Frans Badenhorst4 years ago

oh they are sooo beautiful and gracious..... please let the money be put to proper use for TIGERS!

Sh C.
Sh C.4 years ago

thanks for sharing

Heather Marvin
Heather Marv4 years ago

Good on the World Bank for setting up this program to save the Sumatran tigers. I think everything should be labelled that contains palm oil, I for one wouldn't use a product if I knew it contained palm oil. Rainforests and other forests need to be recognised for what they are, a wealth of diverse nature and also essential for life on the Planet and should be protected stringently as a result. They are far more valuable than palm oil and other things that are destroying the forests. We can't breathe oil, gas, wood or palm oil. They are the lungs of the Planet and need to be protected over all else.

Heather Marvin
Heather Marv4 years ago

Good on the World Bank for setting up this program to save the Sumatran tigers. I think everything should be labelled that contains palm oil, I for one wouldn't use a product if I knew it contained palm oil. Rainforests and other forests need to be recognised for what they are, a wealth of diverse nature and also essential for life on the Planet and should be protected stringently as a result. They are far more valuable than palm oil and other things that are destroying the forests. We can't breathe oil, gas, wood or palm oil. They are the lungs of the Planet and need to be protected over all else.

Aimee A.
Aimee A.4 years ago

Thanks for posting!

Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley4 years ago

Their needs to be an alternative to Palm Oil--it's use needs to be outlawed!
Otherwise, I'm happy the Tigers are getting some much-needed attention--but it won't help in the long-run if they have no habitat!

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M.4 years ago

Great news! Hopefully this can be done (doubling the population by 2022). The Palm Oil Industry has done so much damage..seem to have no conciences.
Thank You Jake for this article.

Berny P.
Berny p.4 years ago

Sounds like excellent news...

but unless stricter & enforced laws are in place & security beefed up for this animals protection,the poachers will just have more "product" !

Sandi C.
Sandi C.4 years ago

GOOD TO HEAR, I'VE ALWAYS LOVED THE BIG CATS!