WATCH: First Footage of Sumatran Tiger and Cubs in the Wild


A video camera trap set up deep in the Sumatran jungle on a corridor known to be traveled by rare Sumatran tigers between two protected areas has captured the first-ever footage of a Sumatran tiger and her two, year-old cubs in the wild.

AP: "Ian Kosasih, WWF-Indonesia's forest program director, said the images showed the need to turn the corridor into a protected area and for paper and palm oil companies in the area to shield what he called high-value forest under their control. 'When these cubs are old enough to leave their mother, which will be soon, they will have to find their own territory,'' Kosasih said in a statement. 'Where will they go? As tiger (habitats shrank) with so much of the surrounding area having been cleared, the tigers will have a very hard time avoiding encounters with people. That will then be very dangerous for everyone involved.' Sumatran tigers are on the brink of extinction because of rapid deforestation, poaching and clashes with humans."

Experts estimate there are only between 400-500 Sumatran tigers left in the wild.

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted January 8, 2010 at 9:42am ETC by Andy Towle
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