Protect Sumatran Tigers for Earth Day
As recently as 80 years ago, dense rainforests covered the islands of Indonesia, allowing wildlife like the Bali, Javan, and Sumatran tigers to thrive. Sadly, rapid deforestation has eliminated nearly half of these animals’ natural habitat. Just on the island of Sumatra, a forested area the size of five football fields is cleared every minute! This habitat destruction, along with poaching, has plummeted the population of Sumatran tigers to only 400 and the complete extinction of the Bali and Javan tigers.
To prevent the Sumatran tigers from facing this same fate, GreaterGood and Rainforest Trust have partnered with the local organization Yayasan Konservasi Ekosistem Hutan Sumatera (YKEHS) to permanently protect their habitat from being made into paper, rubber, and palm oil plantations. The plan is to create three protected areas within the Central Sumatran forest ecosystem that will conserve over 200,000 acres. This area is where 30 of the last 400 critically endangered tigers reside.
This Earth Day, GreaterGood has set an ambitious goal to get momentum behind the project. We are striving to permanently protect 6,700 acres of habitat by April 22. This is an area of land large enough to save one of these Sumatran tigers and it would be a significant step towards protecting all 30 tigers that dwell on this land.
The time is now for you to assist us in meeting this goal by giving a Gift That Gives More™. Currently, a matching pledge is allowing your contribution to stretch even further, making it easier than ever for you to protect an entire acre of rainforest. Please don’t wait to take advantage of this opportunity. Click here bring us one step closer to our goal in making sure Sumatran tigers will survive and once again thrive on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
by Brittany Bullen, April 7, 2015