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Please Help Tapirs

Please help save Malay tapirs. There are only 2,500 left, and that number’s going down. Despite an unrelenting effort from conservation teams, there are still not enough areas protected to stop poachers seeping through and setting deadly snares for tigers. Countless tapirs are walking into these traps and dying for it.

We’re their only hope, and without action soon, we’ll lose them forever.

That’s why we’re asking you to make a donation today. By donating just £10 you could help pay for a ranger’s rations – allowing them to stay out on patrol, removing snares before they can clamp the leg of a tapir, or any other endangered creature.

Through your donations, we’re putting rangers in place. We’re training and equipping them to remove the snares and keep the poachers away. Your donations could help give hope of survival to Malay tapirs – and the critically endangered Sumatran tigers that share their home.

Please give whatever you can afford.

It is common knowledge that the illegal trade in tiger bones and body parts poses a grave threat to the remaining populations of Asia’s most iconic big cat. But this grisly business also has a detrimental impact on other species that have the misfortune to be caught in the crossfire.

Kerinci Seblat National Park in Indonesia is one of the last remaining strongholds of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger. It also harbours a globally important population of the endangered Malay tapir, which is down to an estimated 2,500 adults worldwide.

Tapirs and tigers tend to favour the same network of trails through the forest, especially in the mountains that comprise much of the park. And it is here that the poachers set their lethal wire snares.

These poachers tend to be opportunists; tigers are their primary target, but if they happen to trap a different species, they won’t hesitate to sell it for bush meat. In the case of the tapir, however, the flesh is widely considered haram – forbidden – by the local Muslim population, and this animal currently has little or no value in the local traditional medicine trade – although skulls and bones may be passed off as those of Sumatran rhinoceros.

A tapir in a tiger snare is, therefore, the worst possible outcome for both poacher and victim, and a fitting, if depressing, symbol of the wastefulness of this indiscriminate hunting method.

We need to stop this, for good, and save both of these wonderful creatures. To do that we need to deploy rangers to patrol out into the forests and remove snares. In doing so we can help stop the numbers from plummeting further.

Who are FFI?

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world’s oldest international conservation charity. Over the last 100 years, we have been on almost every frontline of conservation and literally saved species from extinction. We work to protect plants and animals around the globe – never wasting enormous sums of money on excessive publicity or silly gimmicks – instead spending 94% of our income on charitable activities.

If you value the natural world – if you think it should be protected for its own sake as well as humanity’s – then please support Fauna & Flora International.
Sir David Attenborough OM FRS Vice-president and FFI member since 1959

Where your donation goes

A donation of £32
could help buy charging units for telephones, essential for communication on investigations
A donation of £72
could buy first aid kits to treat injured rangers whilst out on patrol
A donation of £3000
could help get two extra rangers into the field to prevent poaching