Tiger conservation in Sumatra
The tropical forests of Sumatra in Indonesia are home to many of the world’s endangered species, including tigers, however these forest habitats are rapidly being cleared to make way for agribusiness operations such as logging and oil palm plantations.
The resulting deforestation has been identified by some conservation organisations as critical for the species that exist in and around these areas.
A meeting in 1994 estimated that about 500 animals remained in the wild, however this failed to consider tigers living outside protected areas. Yet whatever the real number ten years ago, it is certain that there are less now.
Tiger Conflict Veterinary Workshop
To enable Indonesian vets and other staff to assist the Indonesian Forestry Department in saving the tigers that come into conflict with humans, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) ran a veterinary training course in early 2012 in partnership with Taman Safari Indonesia, (TSI, a large zoo on Java) to increase their practical skills.
Conflict Tigers: Health and Handling
Wildlife Crime and Detection in Berback
Maintaining and Promoting Wildlife Crime Action Network in Berbak National Park
Poaching of tigers and their prey, as well as killing of tigers in response to conflicts, are the
two major causes of Sumatran tiger deaths at human hands. ZSL has now set up two
“Wildlife Conflict and Crime Response Teams” (WCCRTs) to address key threats to tigers
including poaching, illegal trading and other human-wildlife conflict.
Wildlife Crime and Detection in Berbak National Park