Illegal hunting still threatens rare the Sumatran tiger despite successful trap removals at a reserve in the Indonesian province of Jambi, conservationists said Sunday.
“It’s a continuing race, poachers know where tiger tracks are so park rangers need to be more vigilant in keeping up with them,” tiger conservation activist Didi Kurniawan said from Jambi.
About 100 tiger traps were found and destroyed recently in the Kerinci Seblat National Park tiger reserve, park ranger Dian Risdianto told Antara state news agency.
The number of rare Sumatran tigers in the park has declined steadily to about 144. There are less than 500 estimated in other reserve parks in Indonesia.
The Sumatran tiger is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.