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BREAKING NEWS: Poaching Crisis in the Leuser Ecosystem

One of our anti-poaching patrol teams in the Leuser Ecosystem just sent us these brutal images. In their 15 day patrol the 5 rangers destroyed 70 snares in total. This is extremely alarming since the total snares found for the whole of last year was 175. What’s worse is that five of this month’s snares had wildlife already trapped in them.

Three of the snares had killed porcupines which are hunted and cut open for the bezoar stone they may or may not have in their stomach, prized for unproven medicinal value on the black market. Porcupine snares frequently also maim and kill other endangered species like young tigers, sunbears and primates.

The team found a Thomas Leaf Monkey in one of the snares, dead for perhaps 3 days. Its mouth twisted in a grimace made plain the long painful struggle it must have gone through trying in vain to escape tightening wire. This is a particularly cruel way to die – a slow agony. A poacher had set this snare in the mouth of a porcupine’s den so the monkey had likely been seeking insects with his troop on the ground and reached into the hole, activating the trigger which wrenched him upwards and snared him by the arm.

One animal had more luck against the poachers: the rangers found a wild pig still alive in a snare, thrashing around madly – caught by the snout. With some effort, the team managed to release the injured pig and it ran into the forest.

In the last month, three critically endangered Sumatran elephants have been killed in oil palm plantations and this year there have been several major busts of wildlife traders attempting to smuggle live Sumatran orangutans, Sumatran tiger body parts, and even 5 tonnes of frozen pangolins.

 

We urgently need more teams to stay ahead of the poachers before it is too late for the incredible wildlife of the Leuser Ecosystem. With your regular donation each month we can hire and equip more rangers, stop more poachers, and save more animals. Every dollar counts so please join us in combating the poaching crisis today! Http://www.orangutan.org.au/HAKA/donate

By becoming a regular donor to Wildlife Asia you can help to keep rangers in the field all year round. Sign up here.

 


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ROAR Arts Event Coming Soon!

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Wildlife Asia is excited to announce the inaugural ROAR Arts Event. We have teamed up with one of Perth’s best venues to bring you our most exciting event yet! We have the support of some incredibly talented local and international artists, whose pieces will be offered for auction as well as some awesome entertainment, delicious food and drinks and a few surprises on the night.

November 20, 2015!

Tickets on sale soon, don’t miss out!

For more info contact: info@wildlifeasia.org.au


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An Evening with Chanee- PERTH EVENT

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Visit the Facebook event page for bookings or contact details above.


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Poacha Poacher clothing is here!

We have finally launched our Poacha brand just in time for Christmas. You can pick up some cool t-shirts, tanks, caps and hoodies and even something for the kids. All profits go towards protecting wildlife. Visit our secure Shopify site to make your purchases HERE

 

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POACHING CRISIS IN SUMATRA – NEW APPEAL!

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

DONATE NOW

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


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