Tiki is in trouble!
Indonesia already has lost two kinds of tigers, the Bali and Javan tigers, which became extinct in the 1940s and 1980s, respectively. In fact, three of the world’s nine tiger subspecies have gone extinct in the past 70 years! Now, there are only six types of tigers left in the world, and all of them are endangered.
Why are Tiki’s tiger buddies disappearing so fast?
Many tigers are endangered or have gone extinct because they have lost their homes, or habitats. Tiki and other Sumatran tigers live in lowland forests, peat swamps, and freshwater swamp forests on the island of Sumatra. Sadly, this area has one of the highest rates of habitat destruction in the world due to logging activities and rainforest destruction for cheap commodities like paper and palm oil.
When Tiki’s habitat gets cut down, it gets harder and harder for him and the other tigers to survive because there is less food to eat, safe places to sleep, and less space to share with all the other animals. Other species are threatened and endangered too: Sumatran elephants, orangutans, and even species of plants and trees!
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