TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Environment and Forestry Ministry will release a couple of Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae), named Bonita and Atan Bintang, to their habitat in Riau Province.
In a press statement received by Antara in Pekanbaru, Monday, July 29, , the Ministry and the Sumatran Tiger Rehabilitation Center (PR-HSD ARSARI Foundation) said they have conducted a series of rescue efforts. The tigers are now ready to return to their natural habitat.
Bonita is a female Sumatran tiger that was rescued from the plantation area of PT TH Indo Plantations in Tanjung Simpang Village on January 3, 2018.
The male tiger named Atan Bintang was evacuated from a residential area at Burung Island, Indragiri Hilir Regency, on November 18, 2018
"Right now we are also treating one Sumatran tiger that has just been rescued from Padang Lawas, North Sumatra," said Hashim Djojohadikusumo, founder of PR-HSD.
He said that Sumatran tigers are a symbol of ecosystem preservation. "They can only exist if the forests and environment of their habitat are well preserved".