Rainforests and Rimbang Baling

Rainforests are perhaps the most endangered habitat on earth and most vulnerable to deforestation. Since 2009, Indonesia’s rainforests have been disappearing at a rate of three football fields per minute. Sumatra has lost 55% of forest cover since 1985, an area 7 times of Singapore every year!

One such area is the  relatively unknown Rimbang Baling in central Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s last pristine rainforests and a critical habitat for Sumatran tigers and wildlife.

Rimbang Baling isn’t very far away from Singapore – about 150 km away as the crow flies – and is six times the size of the country. It is home to hundreds of species of animals, birds and plants. In particular, it is a favourite breeding ground for the tigers in the region, also serving as a tiger movement corridor.

About 20% of Rimbang Baling is already lost to deforestation, the last elephant was spotted in 2011, and human encroachment is threatening loss of wildlife habitat, including for tigers.

For over 5 decades, WWF has been working to restore rainforests successfully in many areas around the world.

The prime time to plant trees is NOW! For every pledge you make online as well, WWF will plant a tree on your behalf in the Rimbang Baling region, which will secure wildlife habitats and restore the lushness of these rainforests.