22 Jan 2010

Indonesia considers adopt-a-tiger plan

8:43 pm on 22 January 2010

The Indonesian government says it's considering entrusting Sumatran tigers to private individuals for safe-keeping in an attempt to save the species from extinction.

People taking part in the scheme would pay $130,000 to adopt a tiger. Indonesian forestry officials confirmed to the BBC that the idea was serious.

Prospective owners would need an area at least the size of a football field for the tiger, and the animals would remain the property of the Indonesian government.

About 200 Sumatran tigers are left in the wild, down from 1000 in the 1970s. Conservationists say a better plan would be to save their natural habitat from destruction.