The Zoological Society of East Anglia is raising funds for the Kerinci Seblat Sumatran Tiger Protection and Conservation Programme, it is the aim of the charity to raise £25k during 2018 and 2019 to support this project.
Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) © Talvinder Chohan
WildCats Conservation Alliance’s (formerly 21st Century Tiger) mission is to save wild tigers & Amur leopards for future generations by funding charity chosen conservation projects. One of these projects is the Kerinci Seblat Tiger Protection Project which was established in 2000.
The Kerinci Seblat Sumatran Tiger Protection and Conservation Programme is where six units working for the National Park are supported, trained and equipped to carry out patrols and wildlife crime investigations in a joint project between Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and the National Park. The Park, which is the second largest protected area in the whole of Indonesia, holds between 122 and 200 tigers. Patrolling is monitoring using the SMART (Spatial Monitoring & Reporting Tool) and long-term wildlife crime investigations include undercover surveillance and collaboration with the local police forces with whom the Units have an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) for cooperation. In 2017, twelve poachers and traders were arrested by the Units and were successfully prosecuted as a result of this work.
Rangers Patrol in Kerinici Seblat National Park © FFI
The program is committed to maintaining a sustainable and effective species conservation program in one of Asia’s most important national parks and does this through:
- Supporting the Indonesian Government’s commitment regarding protection of threatened species, particularly the critically endangered Sumatran tiger
- Carrying out intelligence investigations to identify threat so a response can be formulated
- Patrolling in key areas to prevent or remove threat and to establish a national park presence in the forest
- Encouraging intervention to mitigate the effects of human-tiger conflict for protection of both the community and Sumatran tiger
- Ensuring law enforcement to address wildlife and other forest crime and support the legal process
The project specific information can be found at https://conservewildcats.org/portfolio/kerinci-seblat-sumatran-tiger-protection-project/