Palm Oil, Pulp and Paper and the Sumatran Tiger

Palm Oil Is Killing the Sumatran Tiger

Greenpeace report accuses illegal and excessive palm oil export for driving the Sumatran tigers to the phase of extinction. It says that the world is getting addicted to palm oil products, no matter if it is mascara, or the laundry detergent, or even some yummy cookies. Indonesia is making a lot of money out of it, being the biggest palm oil exporter, but this is not as simple as it seems. Production comes with a lot of costs, including encroachment of rain-forests, land clearing, which often results in acrid smog.

Between 2009- 2011, Indonesia lost some 1.24 million hectares of forests, which were mainly the habitats of Sumatran tiger. This massive land clearing resulted in sudden extinction of Sumatran tigers, which are now just 400 left on the planet. See full details at:


Indonesian police investigating murder stumble on secret zoo containing liger

While investigating the death of a 23 year old woman, murdered by a maintenance worker in Jakarta, officers discovered a mini zoo in the suspected villa. More than a dozen animals were discovered from the mini zoo, including several species of monkeys, a tiger, Javan peacocks, Timorese deers, rare species of dogs and geese. The most unusual animal discovered was a “Liger”, a hybrid cross between lion and tiger, which is first of its kind in Indonesia.

Keeping rare animals privately without state permission is illegal in Indonesia, so the forest ministry seized the animals. It is now debated where to keep the unique Liger, as it would be dangerous to put it open in forests. The owner of villa is still missing. Read more at:


Interview: Asia Pulp and Paper’s Aida Greenbury on APP’s Forest Conservation Policy

Aida Greenbury, managing director of Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement at Asia Pulp and Paper [APP], has given an interview on APP Forest Conservation Policy. Greenbury responded to questions like their main motivation behind commitment to forest conservation, their action plan, their deadlines, areas of functioning, their expectations from the policy, expected threads and dangers, how they have planned to convince people about the policy, what other interest groups and stakeholders will work with them etc.

Greenbury said that they want to be global players, and for that sake, meeting legal requirement is not enough, they also need to fulfill the need of global customers and stakeholders. Read full story at:


The final days of the Sumatran tiger?

Due to land clearing and massive wildlife poaching, Balinese tiger and Javan tigers are extinct. Their first cousins, “Sumatran tigers” are soon going to join them in the race of extinction. It took even less than half a century for Sumatran tigers to be reduced from 1000 to 400 on the planet. International Union for Conservation of Nature [IUCN] statistics suggest that around 40 Sumatran tigers are poached per year, which is extremely unfortunate for the planet.

But still, there is a ray of hope for the Sumatran tigers. Their population size can be sustained and even increased if a conscious effort is put. Using camera traps, records of tigers can be kept using their stripe patterns, which are their unique identities like the human fingerprints. Also, planning tiger breeding can be beneficial. Read more at:


Indonesia soldiers punished for owning dead tigers

Two Indonesian army officers have been sentenced to up to three months jail for keeping endangered Sumatran tigers illegally. The court decision was passed in the province of Aceh, on Thursday in a military tribunal.

Sumatran tigers are a criticality endangered tiger species, about 400 remaining on the planet. Read more at:

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