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Tigers are on the brink of extinction. In the last sixty years we have lost three sub-species of tiger - The Balinese, Caspian and Javanese tigers are gone forever. It is estimated that just 100 years ago there were over 100,000 tigers in the vast forests of Asia; today it is possible that fewer than 4,000 remain. Human activity is responsible for the tigers’ demise. We remain the biggest threat to their survival in the wild but we are in a position to change this.

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors are leading the way in tiger conservation helping to fund and train anti-poaching patrol units (TCUP) working in partnership with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra.

The TCUP program is made up of six units who work patrolling the forest where they act as a deterrent for poachers and people illegally encroaching into the tigers’ habitat. They also remove hundreds of snares each year and help local communities mitigate conflict with wildlife. This program is now widely recognised as the most successful tiger conservation law enforcement program in South East Asia. Kerinci Seblat is thought to contain the largest population of Sumatran tigers in a continuous forest habitat making it vital for the future of the species.

Since Australia Zoo became home to tigers in 2003, we have raised and donated over 1.5 million dollars to support tiger conservation in South East Asia with 100% of funds raised through tiger walks and encounters going directly toward tiger conservation projects. These funds have purchased much needed vehicles and equipment for anti-poaching patrols, as well as funded workshops for forest guards and wildlife rangers.

Wildlife Warriors works to combat the four main contributing factors to the decline in tiger populations; Habitat destruction, poaching for traditional Chinese medicines and the rise in conflict caused by the destruction of habitat and natural prey.

The tiger can be saved but we have to act today. Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors is making a real difference in the fight to save the tiger in the wild; you can help too by donating to Wildlife Warriors.

Giles Clark

Big Cat Handler Supervisor