Rescuing Sumatran Tigers, World Rhino Day and Sumatra Fires…

Rescuing Sumatran tigers from extinction

Melani, one of the 10 female Sumatran tigers from Surabaya Zoo, is now under intensive care at the Indonesian Safari Park (TSI), due to her digestive disorder. Melani is among the many victims of management conflicts at the zoo and has survived while hundreds of other animals have perished.

Ligaya Ita Tumbelaka, a Sumatran tiger studbook keeper says that Melani is now in far better health. She has gained 8 kilograms and her fur has become glossier. She had less colostrum while breastfeeding, so she had a lower immunity.  She was very weak and skinny, weighing only 45 kilograms. This condition was worsened by Melani’s poisonous meat consumption containing formalin.

Sumatran tigers are one of the most critically endangered animals in the world. This is mainly due to logging and the hunting of the animals for their bodies and organs such as claws, fangs, bones, skin and whiskers for trading. Wildlife conservation stakeholders are planning to breed Melani once she recovers. Read more at:


World Rhino Day to Urge Better Protection of Species

Conservationists, animal lovers and concerned citizens alike are taking part in a procession on Sunday, Sept. 22, to mark World Rhino Day. The day is dedicated for raising awareness about the urgency of protecting Indonesia’s two endemic rhino species, the Javan and Sumatran rhinos.

Anwar Purwoto, the director of the forestry and terrestrial and freshwater species program at WWF Indonesia, says that an immediate action is needed to save both the rhino species by reducing the habitat pressure on them in Sumatra and by immediately assigning them a second habitat. It calls for cooperation and support from experts, environmental organizations and society at large. Moreover, poaching for the rhino’s horn is also a big problem for both of these Rhino species. Dealing with it needs the community to get involved so that poaching and the illegal trade, primarily targetting rhino horn, can be prevented more easily. Read more at:


Malaysian company to be charged for using fire to clear land

According to the Riau Police reports, the license of a Malaysian plantation company “AP” is likely to be cancelled due to the charges of clearing land through fire. Brig. Gen. Condro Kirono, Riau Police chief told that witnesses and experts have been investigated. As AP has violated laws on plantations and environment conservation, it would be penalized.

Many people in Riau have already been investigated and punished in June and July 2013, for setting fire to forests. Moreover, some eight people were also arrested red handed, for being part of illegal logging in the Sumatra elephant conversion forest at National Park of Tesson Nilo last week. See details at:


April Prepares New Forest Restoration Project in Riau

Indonesia’s second largest pulp and paper company, Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER), is preparing to start work on a project to restore a degraded peat forest in Sumatra, marking a new direction for the company that has left some skeptical. The project will start within two months and it aims to rehabilitate 20,265 hectares of land in the southeastern part of Riau’s Kampar Peninsula.

The announcement comes at a time when deforestation in Sumatra is in the international spotlight. After the argument of Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan with actor Harrison Ford, and the brutal killing of a 22-year-old Sumatran elephant in Aceh, Sumatran wildlife and conservation has got international attention.

RER said that their project aims to restore the ecosystem, conserve biodiversity, prevent greenhouse gas emissions and improve the well-being of local communities. Read full story at:

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