The Sumatran tiger, Panthera tigris sondaica (formerly Panthera tigris sumatrae)* is is the smallest and darkest tiger subspecies and tends to be more bearded and maned than the other subspecies. It is the only remaining island living tiger in Indonesia and inhabits a landscape that ranges from sub-mountain and mountain forest to lowland forest and peat forest.
Their range size is estimated at 52 km2 for a male and a much smaller 27 km2 for the female of the subspecies.
It is estimated that there are around 400 – 500 individual tigers wild in Sumatra in isolated pockets of protected land. Three of the protected areas are classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites but all are in danger of losing this status due to threats from poaching, illegal logging, agricultural encroachment and planned road building. It is for these reasons the Sumatran tiger is classified in the most severe IUCN status: Critically endangered.
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