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. Our latest exciting project Into The Wild in collaboration with ArtScience Museum, Google and Lenovo – is an innovative solution to raise awareness for our precious rainforests.

While this free exhibit is ongoing for a year, 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.



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