This video from the World Wildlife Fund shows three wild Sumatran tiger cubs playing in and sniffing around a forest clearing. It is estimated there are only about 400 Sumatran Tigers Left in the wild, and the area where these three were videotaped is under threat from logging, even though it is a protected forest.
A world Wildlife Fund official said, “What’s unclear is whether we found so many tigers because we’re getting better at locating our cameras or because the tigers’ habitat is shrinking so rapidly here that they are being forced into sharing smaller and smaller bits of forests.” (Source: Panda.org)
What’s even more tragic about the loss of Sumatran tigers is that the destruction of their habitat is caused by the pulp and paper industry, which sells products that are often wasted by consumers. In other words, the destruction of their habitat and loss of tigers is not even for a worthy cause.
Last year, Greenpeace said Wal-Mart and Kentucky Fried Chicken were contributing to the loss of tigers and orangutans by buying paper products made in Indonesia from their forest habitats. For our part, we can boycott businesses selling Indonesian paper products, and today, because of the vast reach of the Web, and access for nearly all, we have no excuse not to be informed about how our consumer choices are contributing to the destruction of wild lands and wild animals. Globalization has been good for some in terms of job creation, but it also has turned on a great machine that is consuming sensitive natural lands and converting them to cash for short-term profits, while ignoring long-term consequences.
We can also buy only 100 percent recycled tissue paper and toilet paper. The NRDC has publilshed a list of safe and unsafe paper products.
Yes, even the chocolate we buy can contribute to the loss of tigers and orangutans for the same reason–destruction of their habitat–due this time to conversion to palm oil plantations.
These pulp-and-paper, and palm oil industries in Indonesia and Sumatra are being fed by our personal consumption habits. These are things we can change easily and help slow the loss of critically endangered Sumatran Tigers and other wildlife there.
Image Credit: World Wildlife Fund