The Leuser Ecosystem in Indonesia is quite literally the last place on earth where Sumatran elephants, orangutans, rhinos and tigers roam together in the wild.
International Elephant Project and Wildlife Asia have been working hard to support local Acehnese NGO HAkA over the last year to challenge the new Spatial Plan for this region that will open up critical protected forest for conversion to mining and palm oil. That fight continues but an equally disturbing and urgent threat is emerging with the increase in poaching activities in the Leuser Ecosystem.
HAkA supports a team of 60 FKL (Leuser Conservation Forum) rangers in the field who are deployed year-round to patrol and protect the Leuser Ecosystem. The rangers have already removed 152 snares from their patrol area in the first half of this year. That means the lives of 152 elephants, rhinos or tigers have effectively been saved from slow, agonizing deaths at the hands of illegal poachers. The rate at which rangers are finding deadly snares in the forest has already tripled since last year: This is a poaching crisis. The video above comes directly from renowned conservation photographer Paul Hilton and documents the reality out on patrol with the FKL rangers last month.
Now with an estimated population of only about 500 left in the Leuser Ecosystem, the critically endangered Sumatran elephant cannot withstand another killing season. We urgently need your support now.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- $20 monthly donation: Save an elephants life. Please consider this option of regular support to IEP to help us keep these rangers on the front line.
- $35 donation: Buy a pair of boots and a uniform for a ranger in the field gathering snares and protecting wildlife
- $50 donation: Buy a ranger kit (backpack, torch, leech socks, water bottle, machete)
- $250 donation: Keep a ranger in the field for one month
- $500 donation: power pack of facilitating law enforcement, cutting down illegal palm oil and restoring and protecting 1 hectare of forest in the elephant corridor
- $1200 donation: Supports a full ranger team in the field for an entire month
Please come along to our special event on July 30 at exciting new Whipper Snapper Distillery in East Perth to hear the firsthand experiences of Perth-based wildlife conservationists Clare Campbell and Leif Cocks and special guest from HAkA in Aceh, Shayne McGrath. For something a little special, Alisdair Malloch from Whipper Snapper will also be on hand to have a quick chat about the exciting journey that will see Perth’s very own whiskey distillery in production soon! For information and registrations click HERE