Kerinci Seblat Park has 166 Sumatran Tigers
Thu, August 9 2012 19:36 | 1849 Views
Jambi (ANTARA News) - Kerinci Seblat National Park (TNKS) has approximately 166 Sumatran tigers (Panthera Tigris Sumatrae), according to a Sumatran Tiger Preservation Programme (PHS-TNKS) official.
Sumatra Tiger (panthera tigris sumatrae). (ANTARA/FB Anggoro)
"The tigers` numbers might have slightly changed due to various factors such as poaching activities."
"The tigers are safe here. There is also enough space for the tiger population, considering the size of TNKS, which covers four provinces: Jambi, Bengkulu, West Sumatra and South Sumatra," PHS-TNKS chief Dian Risdianto said here on Thursday.
"The animals generally inhabit four blocks in the park - Kerinci, Merangin-Bungo, Tapan-Solok Selatan in West Sumatra, Muko-muko in Bengkulu, and Curup Bengkulu-Lingau in South Sumatra," he added.
The park`s tiger population was determined during 2006-09, using various methods involving trap cameras and patrols.
"However, the tigers` numbers might have slightly changed due to various factors such as poaching activities," Dian stated.
The PHS-TNKS team is planning to conduct another tiger monitoring programme in 2013, with funds coming from Germany.
Editor: Priyambodo RH
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