Saving the Tigers of Sumatra

Google Earth is proving to be a great tool to track deforestation around the world such as proving the deforestation of Sarawak and leading to some interesting discoveries like the Amazon Geoglyphs.
A related story has just come out about an area of Sumatra that is one of the last homes for the Indonesian Tiger, and it’s being destroyed by paper companies. The WWF has put together a variety of KMZ files to show the destruction in the area, with features such as geo-referenced photos as seen here:


To learn more simply head over to their site and scroll down below the Google Earth screenshot to find the various KMZ files, or watch the video below for an overview of what’s going on in Sumatra:

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. This is a fascinating article. It’s great to see how mapping and GIS software is being used for real-world applications outside of specific industries.

  2. I believe that is great Google Earth has tought about providing a tool for tracking deforestation all around the world. Basically deforestation puts in danger many species of animals like the Tigers of Sumatra.

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