WWF have revealed a rare delight for every one who loves Wildlife. In this day and age cameras have made it possible to capture almost any thing. The tech world offers many possibilities and thanks to the advances in technology we can now view the footage of these rare Sumatran cubs on Youtube. WWF reports that this is the first real footage of Tigers caught on Camera in the jungles of Indonesia (Sumatra to be exact).
The footage is of a Tiger and two cubs walking up to the camera and sniffing it one by one. There are less than 400 Sumatran Tigers left in the world today and this footage has convinced officials that measures need to be taken to protect the tigers. WWF reports that, “Video cameras installed in the Sumatran jungle have captured close-up footage of a tiger and two cubs, the first time that WWF has recorded evidence of tiger breeding in central Sumatra in what should be prime tiger habitat. The images have led to renewed calls for stronger measures against poaching and the rapid deforestation of tiger landscapes on the Indonesian island. The film, captured within just one month of deploying specially designed video cameras deep inside tiger habitat, shows all three tigers approaching the camera, sniffing it and walking away.”
WWF has been studying Tiger habitats through Camera Traps for the past 5 years but this is the first time that any footage of these tigers has been recorded. It has become increasingly important to save the tigers from becoming extinct because these may be the last species of Sumatran Tigers left on earth. WWF officials are afraid that once the cubs are old enough to leave their mother they will die because they have no where to go. WWF-Indonesia’s tiger team leader Karmila Parakkasi states, “We are very concerned because the territory of this tiger and its cubs is being rapidly cleared by two global paper companies, palm oil plantations, encroachers and illegal loggers. Will the cubs survive to adulthood in this environment?” That is a question that remains to be answered. And we sincerely hope that the tigers find a safe haven.
image from WWF
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