World Ranger Day is dedicated to the courageous men and women putting themselves at risk protecting wild species and places. In this blog we hear from the courageous tiger protectors on the front line of tiger conservation in the heart of Sumatra.
Kerinci Seblat National Park is the second largest national park in Southeast Asia, encompassing approximately 1.35 million hectares of critical endangered Sumatran tiger habitat. Six four-man Tiger Protection and Conservation Units (TPCU) are operational with members drawn from forest-edge communities.
Even with Indonesia now the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic in Asia, the Tiger Protection & Conservation Units continue to conduct SMART forest patrols, snare detection, data collection, law enforcement and human-tiger conflict mitigation to protect one of the world’s most important wild tiger populations.
Protect the protectors
Tigers in Kerinci Seblat continue to face a range of threats which are anticipated to increase. We are expecting the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic to generate significant, additional, conservation challenges. However, in the face of adversity, rangers continue to work tirelessly across tiger ranges to conserve this precious species from poaching, habitat loss and illegal wildlife trade.