Sumatra Wildlife and Conservation News Roundup

Tiger hunting endemic in Kerinci Seblat

During the recent Sapu Jerat Operation, the Kerinci Seblat National Park’s (TNKS) tiger protection and conservation unit discovered sixty nine tiger traps, out of which 40 were live. The team also found some steel wire traps outside the TNKS areas. TNKS management unit head, Dian Risdianto said that the number of traps had increased by almost 600 as compared to the previous figures obtained during the operations conducted in 2011 and 2012, which means that the Sumatran tigers’ existence is in danger. The reason behind this increase is probably the massive demand of Sumatran tigers in Illegal wildlife markets. Read more at:


Haze returns to Indonesia as Sumatra fires rage

Some 488 fire hotspots covered parts of Indonesia’s Sumatra on Tuesday, resulting in dense haze and cancellation of flights. Two water-bombing helicopters were arranged to put off the fire, which is annually set for clearing the cultivation land in the forests and peat lands. Palm oil firms are being blamed for fires as they use some illegal methods of clearing the rainforests and peat lands.

The flights to and from Pekanbaru city have been disrupted, however, the neighboring countries including Singapore and Malaysia, remained safe because the wind direction was northwest. The air pollution caused by the fires scared off the tourists, forced schools to close and increased respiratory problems. Details at:


Impact of Indonesian slash-and-burn fires seen in satellite photo

NASA released a satellite photo taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument on the Terra satellite, showing the impacts of the recent widespread illegal slash-and-burn fires set to clear agricultural land, in Indonesia.

According to Laurel Sutherlin, member of the Rainforest Action Network, the smog, produced by the fires is a very serious repercussion of this practice. It has enormously increased the pollution index of the Sumatra’s neighboring country, Singapore to a level above 400, making the environment life-threatening for sick and elderly people. Read more at:


Endangered tiger and two lions killed after eating poisoned meat at Indonesian zoo

At a western Indonesian zoo, poisoned meat led an eight years old, male, critically endangered Sumatran tiger and two African lions to death. The Sumatran tiger, Peter was found paralyzed earlier this month at the zoo after eating poisoned meat and died just a week later. Two African lions also died around the same time. Zoo officials revealed that Peter’s offspring, a two years old female Sumatran tiger, also ate the tainted meat but she survived.

According to Nurazman, an official from a government agency tasked with protecting wildlife and the environment, the autopsy results showed that the animals had been poisoned; the meat had been laced with a chemical normally used to put down stray dogs with rabies.

The Sumatran tiger is the world’s smallest tiger. According to estimates, there are only 400 to 500 tigers still alive in Sumatra, while the African lion population ranges from 20,000 to 40,000, as per the estimates of International Union for the Conservation of Nature. See details at:


Indonesian Tiger Trade Goes Digital

Dolu Priatna, chairman of the Our Tiger Forum, recently claimed the presence of an international organization involved in online trading of tiger parts. According to him, the Forum’s investigation revealed that the tiger parts are initially transported to Singapore and from there, they are sold to various countries including China, South Korea and Taiwan. He further said that the authorities are not giving due attention to prohibit tiger hunting.

Statistics suggest that during the year 2012, 22 stuffed tigers offered for online sale, were confiscated by the authorities. Read Full Story at:


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