6 December 2012
BASHII the Sumatran tiger has met four heroes dedicated to protecting one of the last remaining wild populations of his kind.
A long-running partnership between Australia Zoo and conservation organisation Fauna and Flora International allowed the four tiger protectors from the Sumatran Tiger Protection and Conservation Unit to travel from Indonesia to the Sunshine Coast.
FFI’s Asia-Pacific director of operations Dr Stephen Browne said tigers were at risk of extinction, with three of the nine of the recognised sub-species already extinct, with two more on the brink.
"Tiger numbers are declining, but in Indonesia’s Kerinci Seblat National Park, one of the primary locations our anti-poaching units operate, the reverse is now thought to be true," he said.
"We would not be seeing such positive signs without the continued support of our friends at Australia Zoo." FFI’s tiger patrol teams live for months on end in the forests of Indonesia.
"The work FF1 and their team leader Debbie Martyr do in Sumatra is nothing short of remarkable," Australia Zoo international conservation manager and tiger supervisor Giles Clark said.
"The teams literally put their lives on the line, every single day, to save this species from extinction."