Indonesia cracks down on tiger traffickers in Sumatra

A raid on illegal tiger traders has resulted in four arrests in Sumatra, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) report. Tigers are critically endangered in Indonesia due to habitat loss and poaching for their parts, which are used in traditional medicine and sold as souvenirs.

Fewer than 1,000 individual tigers are left in Sumatra and two subspecies have already been driven to extinction, the report said.

"Tiger poaching and trade is a massive threat to the survival of this iconic animal," said Noviar Andayani, of the WCS Indonesia Program. "While the threat of extinction of tigers is often talked about, preventing this from happening requires real action on the ground such as we are seeing in Indonesia now," he added.

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