Panthera tigris sumatrae
IUCN Status: Critically endangered
Sumatran tigers are the smallest subspecies of tiger and we look after a stunning male named Achilles here at Howletts.
Habitat loss caused by the expansion of palm oil and acacia plantations are the biggest threat to the survival of this species.
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Sumatran tigers are keen swimmers and have partial webbing between their toes to help them swim more efficiently. They often pursue their prey into water, where the partially webbed toes can be advantageous and help them catch their prey more effectively.
The illegal trade in tiger parts for traditional medicines and the depletion of its prey base is a contributing factor to the dramatic decline of this beautiful animal.
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