How are you protecting the Indochinese tiger?
In order to protect this species, we work by engaging with the local people in the project area, communicating with various departments and cooperating. In addition, the Indochinese tiger is not only in Myanmar but also in Thailand, so the two countries should collaborate to protect this species through transboundary surveys, for example.
Why is it important to protect tigers?
As we all know, tiger is one of the umbrella species. It is the most important species in the ecosystem, so by protecting the tiger, the ecosystem has been protected. Now there are only 22 tigers left in Myanmar. Looking at this situation, the tiger may disappear from Myanmar before too long, so saving the species from extinction in time is also an important role.
What other species are you involved in protecting?
Currently, the goal of our Illegal Wildlife Trade project is for stable or growing populations of tiger, Asian elephant and Sunda pangolin. So, I’m involved in the protection of other species such as elephants and pangolins, but also the tigers’ prey – gaur, banteng [species of wild cattle] and sambar [a large deer].
What has been your proudest moment in your work for Fauna & Flora?
The biggest achievement in my life was being able to record the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey, a new species for Myanmar, with a camera trap for the first time, and I’m proud of being able to identify the current population of tigers in southern Myanmar.