Critical wildlife havens in Sumatran forests at risk
Following calls from local conservationists, ZSL sent its Indonesian survey team to the fringes of Bukit Tigapuluh National Park in central Sumatra in 2007. This area of degraded forest had recently been gazetted by the local government as suitable for plantation forest, which meant it would be clear-felled and replaced with non-native, fast growing species such as Acacia. However, even a relatively short survey revealed the area to be far from degraded when it came to biodiversity, with tigers, elephants, sun bears, tapirs, golden cats, orang utans and clouded leopards all recorded in a short space of time. Just a small selection of the camera trap photos taken can be seen below.
This work was funded by 21st Century Tiger. This is a unique wild tiger conservation partnership between the Zoological Society of London and Global Tiger Patrol. 100% of funds raised go directly to wild tiger projects.