Sumatran Tiger Surgery, Environmental Disaster, Orangutans Rescued and Rhino Discovered…

Sumatran Tiger Undergoes Surgery at Sacramento Zoo

An endangered Sumatran Tiger in Sacramento Zoo is being operated on by a group of veterinary surgeons who are removing stones from its urinary tract. The group of surgeons comprises surgeons from the School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis and The University of California. The surgery began Tuesday morning, in which the doctors have planned to insert flexible thin tubes which will help in draining the urine from the tiger’s kidney to its bladder. The tiger is also going through chemotherapy, as he was diagnosed with lymphoma early this year.

The tiger originally is from Sumatra, but has been living in the US zoo since more than a decade. It belongs to an endangered species of tiger, which are believed to be less than 500 left in the world. See full details at:


In Indonesia, Environmentalists See a Disaster in the Making

In the officially protected forest in Kalul Village located in Aceh province of Sumatra, the noises of chainsaws and bulldozers can be heard close to a palm oil plantation. Most part of this activity is illegal, but if the national government approves the plan proposed by the Aceh governor, then the “protected forests” could be converted into “production forests”, making logging and palm oil mining concessions legal. “This change is necessary to develop the local economy”, as argued by the Aceh government.

Sumara Forests

Sumatra Forests

Siamang Gibbons

Siamang Gibbons

Muhammad Zulfikar from the Indonesian Forum of Development says that the government’s plan is a goof, as in future, this investing will only lead to natural disaster. Indonesia is one of the top countries of the world where deforestation rates are very high. A UN report says that from 1990 to 2010, twenty percent of Indonesia’s forests were lost. John McCarthy, lecturer at Australian National University, suggests that the national government has to do a conscious effort to balance the Acehnese aspirations, and implementing the national law. Read more at:


Orangutans rescued as haven takes shape in the wilds of Sumatra

A project lead by Australia has aimed at changing the country’s decision makers attitudes towards animal and rainforest conservation, by protecting and treating the injured and sick Indonesian orangutans. For this purpose, 48-hectare land is being prepared in the Sumatran Rainforest, which would be termed as the orangutan haven. Initially, a group of three orangutans will be kept in the haven, comprising a number of water separated small islands. This water separation will make them individualized islands, as Orangutans are scared of water and swimming.

Due to land clearing and increased palm oil conservation, the rainforest habitat of Orangutans has been lost, making them an endangered species. They have also become prone to diseases, imprisonment and shooting by humans while searching for food. Read more at:


Sumatran rhino confirmed in Kalimantan for the first time

A group of researchers have captured videos of the Sumatran Rhino in East Kalimantan, using 16 hidden video cameras, after three months of research. The captured rhinos are locally known as the rare Dicerorhinus sumatrensis. This is the first known video evidence of the rhino species in Kalimantan.

Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said that this tangible evidence is quite important in forming the basis to plan and implement strategic conservation efforts for Sumatran Rhinos. He also said that this visual is a great contribution to achieve the target of 3% per year growth of rhino population increase in Indonesia. Although there were some records of rhino existence in Kalimantan, but it was not confirmed, and was only limited to footprint reports and some reports about the rhino being poached. It is assumed that the videos of the captured rhinos on different days and in different cameras are of different rhinos, but confirmation is needed. Read full story at:

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