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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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Update from Projects in Aceh and Java

Wildlife Asia Director, Clare Campbell,  recently returned from Indonesia,  meeting with local partners in Java and Aceh and reports the following update:

“Last week I was able to meet the HAKA team in Aceh and get a first hand update on the status of the spatial plan as well as activities in the field. Goldman Prize Winner Rudi Putra continues to lead an outstanding team in the field however they face ever increasing challenges. Last month alone, 13 elephant and tiger snares were removed as well as numerous other snares (see below) and evidence of recent poaching found. We must maintain the pressure and we need your support to do so!

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In relation to the spatial plan, it has just come to light that the Aceh government already signed and archived the spatial plan (Qanun RTRWA) on March 3rd 2014, confirming rumours in the press around that time that the Aceh government considered the spatial plan in effect. This is despite the fact that the central government have identified serious legal violations in the spatial plan – including failure to recognise or even name the nationally protected Leuser Ecosystem. In February the Ministry of Domestic Affairs had issued an evaluation (SK650-441) of the Aceh spatial plan which required the Aceh government to revise the plan in accordance with the national law before it could be approved. It appears that the archived spatial plan has been kept very quiet for these past 3 months by the Aceh government.
On 11th June Walhi Aceh (Friends of the Earth Aceh) registered a legal case to sue the Governor’s illegal law (Pergub) on the utilisation of the Leuser Ecosystem. This regulation allows permits for activities like palm oil, logging and mining to be issued in the protected Leuser Ecosystem and so works hand in hand with the spatial plan. Unless the spatial plan is cancelled, Indonesian NGOs will likely be forced to embark on a lengthy and costly judicial legal case suing the spatial plan as well.
Following these major developments, a large EU delegation met with the Aceh Governor in Banda Aceh earlier this week to discuss the significance of the Leuser Ecosystem and the need for its legally protected status to be recognised in Aceh’s development plans. On this milestone visit to Aceh, the EU Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Olof Skoog, highlighted “the global importance of the Leuser ecosystem for biodiversity”.
Attention has now turned to Indonesia’s President SBY requesting that he immediately cancel the spatial plan. This will avoid a lengthy fight in the courts while the Leuser Ecosystem remains exposed to further illegal destruction. Cancellation of the plan by SBY would open the opportunity for a full revision of the spatial plan based on the solid footing of the Leuser Ecosystem’s status as a National Strategic Area for Environmental Protection Function and environmental sensitivity analyses conducted by technical experts working together with the Aceh government. Without decisive action now by President SBY, the current spatial plan threatens the critical ecosystem services the Leuser Ecosystem provides to millions of people and threatens the very survival of the orangutans, rhinos, elephants and tigers that co-exist there.
In Java, the recently released Javan gibbon family continue to thrive in the forest. See picture below of young Yani exploring her freedom.
Young Yani enjoying life in the forest

Young Yani enjoying life in the forest

Sadly, there is evidence of increased poaching of young gibbons in the region however, with several confiscations in recent months. It is important that we replicate the highly effective Gibbon Protection Unit currently operating in Mt Malabar to provide increased protection in other areas.
Devi, one of several young gibbons confiscated from wildlife traders this year.

Devi, one of several young gibbons confiscated from wildlife traders this year.

Gibbon Protection Unit operating in West Java

Gibbon Protection Unit operating in West Java

 

 

There is only one week left to make your tax deductible donation.
Please visit www.givenow.com.au/wildlifeasia today or contact us directly;
Michael Kerr (Fundraising Manager) : 0432926435 or michael.kerr@wildlifeasia.org.au
Clare Campbell (Director) : clare.campbell@wildlifeasia.org.au

 


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  • GROUND-BREAKING NEWS: Thriving populations of endangered species discovered in Myanmar. What does the future hold? https://t.co/bZgXaz0jo5Fri Mar 03 05:48:37 +0000 2017
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  • A hornbill flies through the #LeuserEcosystem, but its forest home is under attack by a Conflict Palm Oil Culprit:… https://t.co/zy5eGiPTJzThu Dec 15 07:00:49 +0000 2016
  • Breaking: @RAN investigates deforestation and draining peatlands in the #LeuserEcosystem Act now to stop it… https://t.co/GH2yCLZltLWed Dec 14 06:42:06 +0000 2016
  • Thank you @nickbowditch So much to take home from your honest and raw advice today. Can’t wait to read your book #ChangeTheWorldThu Nov 24 07:34:21 +0000 2016
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  • Don’t miss out on #BeforeTheFlood, featuring HAkA’s Farwiza and the #LeuserEcosystem. Watch it: https://t.co/0nOTkcy5lRMon Nov 07 04:50:12 +0000 2016
  • Abu Kari Aman Jarum has fought to #SaveLeuserEcosystem for over 40 years. Join the fight by signing the petition:… https://t.co/Jx3ay8rBUkSun Nov 06 19:05:15 +0000 2016
  • Actor/activist @LeoDiCaprio signed the petition to #SaveLeuserEcosystem. Please sign too!: https://t.co/KZ2TbC6N8g https://t.co/M6XWNFcgcpSat Nov 05 23:50:11 +0000 2016
  • Watch the GeRAM animation on their struggle to #SaveLeuserEcosystem: https://t.co/UEpHu8NGQaSat Nov 05 06:45:09 +0000 2016
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  • Release of the Gibbon https://t.co/zFGAGqhvhL via @NatGeoWed Oct 26 03:28:10 +0000 2016
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  • Check out this amazing art by Irene Hoff and signed by @LeoDiCaprio Save wildlife in the Leuser Ecosystem. BID NOW https://t.co/4RBag9U3oYMon Jun 20 22:55:11 +0000 2016
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