Were You Looking At My Ass?
Shot of a Sumatran Tiger sitting on some treetrunks.
After some shots of the other Tiger in the confinement, I waited for this animal to turn his again, when suddenly he looked straight at me.
Taken at Burger's Zoo, Arnhem.
The Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is a subspecies of tiger found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Recent genetic testing has revealed the presence of unique genetic markers, which isolate Sumatran tigers from all mainland subspecies.
The Sumatran tiger is only found naturally in Sumatra, a large island in western Indonesia.
Its habitat ranges from lowland forests to sub-mountain and mountain-forests, including peat swamp forests.
Much of its habitat is unprotected, with only about 400 living in game reserves and national parks.
The largest population of about 110 tigers lives in Gunung Leuser National Park.
Another 100 live in unprotected areas which are being converted for agriculture.
Deforestation resulting from the production of palm oil is a major threat to the Sumatran Tiger.
The reserves also do not provide safety, as many tigers are killed by poachers each year despite conservation efforts.
According to the Tiger Information Centre and the World Wildlife Fund there are no more than 500 remaining Sumatran Tigers in the wild, with some estimates considerably lower.
The continuing loss of habitat is intensifying the crisis to save this tiger.