Facts: Ape Man of Sumatra

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  • Sumatra is the sixth largest island in the world, nearly twice the size of Great Britain, but with approximately only a third of the population density.

  • The island lies along the Pacific "Ring of Fire", one of the world's most active seismic zones, and the epicenter of the 2004 Asian tsunami was just off Sumatra’s west coast.

  • The Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) lives exclusively in the dense jungles of Sumatra. It is the smallest of the remaining five tiger subspecies (the others being: Bengal, Indo-Chinese, Siberian and South China). Although increasing rare and endangered in the wild, Sumatran tigers are well represented in zoos across the globe, thanks to highly developed global conservation breeding programs.

  • The Indonesian island of Sumatra is the only place in the world where tigers, elephants, rhinos and orangutans co-exist.

  • One central Sumatran forest, Tesso Nilo, has been found to contain more than twice the vascular planet diversity of the Amazon rainforest or any other lowland forest studied.

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