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Sumatran Tiger Tales – a story of recovery?

Fauna & Flora International’s inaugural Singapore Conservation Circle Dinner

Hosted by Fauna & Flora International President,
HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands

Tuesday 6 May 2014

It is with great pleasure that Fauna & Flora International (FFI) invites you to hear the uplifting tale of the Sumatran tigers’  steady recovery in the wild from Dr Matthew Linkie, FFI’s Regional Conservation and Development Advisor for Asia-Pacific.

Dr Linkie has worked on wild tiger conservation projects since 1999 and overseas a wide range of conservation activities from advising protected area managers to mitigating human-wildlife conflicts to building law enforcement agency capacity.

However, his primary interest remains large mammal conservation, especially the tiger, of which he speaks, “Tigers need no introduction; they’re a magnificent animal and represent the heart and soul of the jungle. But their conservation story is both a sobering and compelling one.”

Event details

The event will be held at Burkill Hall, Singapore Botanic Gardens, within the beautiful National Orchid Garden, lauded as the world’s largest display of tropical orchids, featuring over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids.

Burkill was formerly the Garden Director’s residence and was named after a former Director and botanist Mr Isaac Burkill who was a graduate of the University of Cambridge (as was his son, also a former Garden Director), which is where FFI’s UK office is based.

Please enter the National Orchid Garden from Burkill Gate.

There is limited parking on Tyersall Avenue. If you require parking please
email events@fauna-flora.org.

The dress code is business attire.


From 6:00pm: Opportunity to visit the Orchid Garden in the company of FFI staff. If you are arriving before 6pm you can enter via the Botanic Gardens by showing your invitation.

7:00pm – Drinks reception

7:30pm – Presentations

8:00pm – Dinner is served

10:00pm – Close

If you would like more information about this event, please email events@fauna-flora.org

The Tiger’s Story

Across Asia, tigers are facing enormous threats. For example, habitat loss has reduced their historical range by a staggering 93%, while a recent spike in poaching has wiped out tigers from Cambodia and Vietnam. Yet, despite this forbidding reality, tiger conservation on the Indonesian island of Sumatra tells a different tale.

There are only 500 wild Sumatran tigers remaining, over 60% of which reside in Aceh and Kerinci Seblat National Park. Both are key FFI conservation sites and recognised amongst the 12 global priorities for ensuring the long-term survival of tigers in the wild.

The Sumatran tigers’ fate depends on daily conservation management and this requires a long-term conservation commitment.

FFI has been partnering with local authorities and communities in Kerinci Seblat National Park since 1994. It has developed anti-poaching ranger teams that are supported by a carefully cultivated local informant network. This combined law enforcement approach has succeeded in turning Kerinci Seblat into a tiger stronghold.

Today, it is one of the few protected areas where tiger numbers have stabilised. In Aceh, with its newfound peace after the cessation of a 30 year civil conflict, FFI is providing alternative livelihoods to ex-combatants, ex-loggers and ex-deer poachers to become respected forest rangers, now responsible for safeguarding tigers and their habitat.

Thanks to the dedication of FFI’s Tiger Protection and Conservation Units in Kerinci Seblat, the community Rangers in Aceh and the support of you – our supporters – the story of the Sumatran tigers’ fate is be rewritten.

Indeed this story could have an even happier ending, as FFI’s agribusiness partner in Sumatra begins creating the world’s largest private tiger reserve.

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