Sumatra in Indonesia has been burning since early August. It is suspected that irresponsible land clearing is to be blamed for this. The dry season is expected to continue until December. Until then, these forests are still at high risk of wildfire.
The Sumatran tiger is one of world’s smallest tigers. They rely on corridors in central Sumatra to get to the north, south or east of the island WWF is working with local authorities and conservation partners to control and put out fires.
The fire rages on in the dry weather despite the team’s best efforts for the first few weeks.
This is not the Amazon. 4200 hectares have been burnt so far in Sumatra. The Kalimantan in Indonesia is also on fire during the same time.
The tropical rainforests in Sumatra are recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage and yet this region faces the world’s fastest rate of deforestation.
Sumatra is the only place on Earth where tigers, elephants, rhinos and orangutans are known to live together. Wildlife and local communities are threatened by the massive fire that had broken out in Riau.
Tesso Nilo National Park in Sumatra saw rain last week, which has brought some much needed respite to everyone involved. The hotspots in this area are under controlled.
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