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Please donate today to help our teams protect Critically Endangered Sumatran tigers from poachers and their snares.
The tiger is surely one of the most iconic and captivating of all mammals on earth.
These majestic predators once roamed widely across Asia, all the way from Turkey to the eastern coast of Russia, but today their range is just a tenth of its historic size.
Indonesia was once home to three tiger subspecies, but today only one remains – the Critically Endangered Sumatran tiger. The smallest of all subspecies, Sumatran tigers are threatened by poaching and habitat loss.
Team leader Debbie Martyr discusses the harsh realities faced by the anti-poaching ranger teams. Warning – contains upsetting scenes of a badly injured tiger caught in a snare.
To address this, Fauna & Flora International has been working with local authorities and communities in Kerinci Seblat National Park in Sumatra.
We have developed anti-poaching ranger teams that are supported by a carefully cultivated local informant network. This combined law enforcement approach has played a key role in tackling the poaching threat and has succeeded in turning Kerinci Seblat into a tiger stronghold.
This Tiger Protection and Conservation Programme is recognised as one of the most successful in Asia, but sadly a surge in black market demand for tiger body parts is fuelling an unprecedented increase in tiger poaching.
In Kerinci, rangers have seen a recent spike in tiger poaching activities, which is being driven by organised crime syndicates.
One patrol found eight active tiger snares (the highest number found in one area since 2004), and – despite their hard work and dedication – anti-poaching rangers are struggling to contain the threat.
Please donate today and help us protect tigers from poachers. Your money could be used to find and destroy snares in the forest and arrest poachers.
If you would prefer to donate over the phone, please call +44 (0)1223 749 019.
To learn more about the work of Kerinci’s Tiger Protection and Conservation Units, take a look at this blog by team leader Debbie Martyr.