International Tiger Day

29 July 2014

Today is International Tiger Day and Melbourne Zoo's Sumatran Tigers displayed their impressive skills to help raise awareness about the critical struggle tigers face in the wild.

Tigers are disappearing at an alarming rate worldwide and subspecies such as the Javanese and Balinese Tiger have already become extinct.

As with many other endangered species, the main threat to the Sumatran Tiger is the loss of habitat and with fewer than 300 individuals remaining in the wild, urgent action is required to help save the species from extinction. Melbourne Zoo is part of the international breeding program to help save the species and is also running a community conservation campaign to help protect the habitat of their wild cousins.

The unsustainable production of palm oil is driving deforestation of habitat critical to the Sumatran Tiger as well as other endangered animals including orang-utans, elephants and gibbons. Zoos Victoria's Don't Palm Us Off campaign calls for products containing palm oil to be clearly labelled and only 100% Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) be used ensuring rainforests are not destroyed.

You can help as well by visiting Zoos Victoria's online and onsite Zoopermarket and tell manufacturers you want the right to choose products that do not drive deforestation.