Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sumatran tiger population rises in Indonesian park

The number of critically endangered Sumatran tigers at an Indonesian national park has increased over the past few years thanks to a successful campaign against poaching, a conservationist said Tuesday.

The result of a 20-month monitoring programme showed that the population of Sumatran tigers at the Bukit Tiga Puluh National Park in Riau province had risen to 43 from 35 in 2003, said Muhammad Yunus, coordinator of the park's Sumatran Tiger Conservation Programme.

'The result is beyond our expectations,' Yunus was quoted as saying by the state-run Antara news agency.

Twelve cameras equipped with infrared triggers were installed at the park to monitor the species' population, he said.

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