Sumatran Tiger Programme

Sumatran Tiger Programme

Donated: US$ 7,000

Fewer than 500 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild. This subspecies is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species due to poaching, habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict.

Explorers against Extinction is delighted to be supporting the vital work of Fauna & Flora International (FFI) to conserve Sumatran tigers and other threatened wildlife in three Sumatran landscapes: Kerinci Seblat, the Ulu Masen and Leuser Ecosystems. These forests in combination contain more than 60% of all wild Sumatran tigers.

Kerinci Seblat & The Ulu Masen / Leuser Ecosystem

Kerinci Seblat National Park and the Ulu Masen and Leuser ecosystems of Aceh on the Indonesian island of Sumatra are global priority areas for tiger conservation. FFI has been operational in these landscapes for two decades.

The progress that has been made is significant, however, the landscape is still under threat.

Over the past five years there has been a steady increase in the number of tigers poached in Aceh, yet despite this, there are encouraging signs – especially where FFI has invested its greatest conservation effort. Through the use of SMART software (a spatial monitoring and reporting tool for recording data) to support patrolling and rural livelihood development, FFI and local partners are working to secure a future for the Sumatran tiger.

In order to do this, FFI has an ongoing programme of work that includes monitoring tiger populations, collaborative patrols, community engagement, and supporting law enforcement.

Long-term Goal

To secure and strengthen protection and conservation through practical actions to address and reduce threat to tigers.

Project Objectives

  • Collaborative Patrols, made up of Community Rangers and Forest Management Units.
  • Monitoring Tiger Populations using camera traps and tiger population surveys
  • Reducing Human-Wildlife Conflict through community engagement, raising awareness and the establishment of protection zones.

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