Spotlight Sumatra – DEBATE CANCELLED

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20th May 2014

Join our debate:

“Can we save the critically endangered species of this unique island given the pressures on their habitat?”

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Huxley Lecture Theatre                          Doors open at 17.30
ZSL London Zoo                                       Debate starts at 18.30
Regent’s Park
Outer Circle
London                                                          Cost £10
NW1 4RY                                                      Students £5


Join  21st Century Tiger,  Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS), Elephant Family, and Save the Rhino for a panel debate exploring the future of four endangered species and their home, the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

The ancient  rainforests of Sumatra are the only place in the world where orangutans, elephants, tigers and rhinos all roam together. These species are all critically endangered.

Tickets to the event include one free glass of wine or beer on arrival (or soft drink) and a cash bar will be available both before and after the main event. All money raised through the evening will be split equally between the four coordinating charities.


• Chair: Scott Poynton, Founder and Executive Director, The Forest Trust (TFT)

• Laura D’Arcy, Country Manager – Indonesia, Zoological Society of London

• Cathy Dean, Director, Save the Rhino International

• Jim Wickens, The Ecologist Film Unit

• Prof Serge Wich, John Moores University, Liverpool

Find out more about our speakers

Scott Poynton, Founder and Executive Director, The Forest Trust (TFT)

Scott Poynton is an Australian forester who believes that cleaning up global supply chains is the way to protect the environment. He has made this his life’s work; using his experience as a forester he set up TFT in 1999 and is helping some of the world’s largest companies eradicate deforestation from their supply chains and transform the way they source their products. Scott’s model for change in timber is now being widely applied across other products, including palm oil, pulp and paper, charcoal, leather and stone. TFT’s members include Kingfisher, Nestlé, Crate & Barrel, Asia Pulp and Paper, Golden Agri-Resources and Maisons du Monde.

Laura D’Arcy, Country Manager – Indonesia, Zoological Society of London

Laura D’Arcy is a Conservation Biologist working to conserve wild species and with issues that directly threatened biological diversity. Laura’s interests lie in wildlife trade and the implementation of governance and policy to protect biodiversity and forested areas in South East Asia.

The drastic levels of deforestation seen in Central Kalimantan peatlands prompted Laura to work with a group of Indonesian international scientists to form the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project. This internationally recognised research group highlighted the Sabangau as home to the largest population of Borneo Orangutan (pongo pygmeaus).

For the past 4 years Laura has held the position of Country Manager for the Zoological Society of London’s Indonesia Programme. One of the ZSL hub countries, the ZSL Indonesia programme has a diverse portfolio of projects across the archipelago from Sumatra to Papua, addressing key threats to the flora and fauna in this highly biodiverse region, with a particular focus on conserving endangered Sumatran tigers in the wild. Laura is a fellow of the Linnean Society of London, the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Association of Tropical Biology.

Cathy Dean, Director, Save the Rhino International

Cathy Dean has been Director of Save the Rhino International since 2001, and is a member of the IUCN SSC African and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups. Save the Rhino works to conserve all five species of rhino in the wild, making grants to support ongoing field programmes in Africa and Asia as well as occasional one-off projects, facilitating the sharing of information and experience between multiple conservation agencies and working across a range of media to raise understanding of the complexities of rhino conservation issues.

Jim Wickens, The Ecologist Film Unit

In 2003 Jim Wickens helped to set up Ecostorm, an undercover environmental investigation unit pioneering undercover and investigative reporting techniques around the world. His footage has been viewed by millions, opening eyes, challenging consumer practices, and helping to implement legislation around the world. In 2013 he travelled to Indonesia to investigate the impact palm cultivation – and the resulting deforestation – is having on the Sumatran elephant, the world’s most critically endangered elephant, culminating in the film “Liquid ivory: how palm oil is killing Indonesia’s elephants”. All of this work continues in earnest today: hard-hitting, unapologetically-direct journalism that seeks to expose controversial practices in the fields of environmental injustice, animal abuse and human rights violations around the world.

Prof Serge Wich, John Moores University, Liverpool

Prof. Serge Wich started his biology study at the University of Amsterdam but moved to Utrecht University for his MSc on Sumatran orangutan feeding ecology in 1995. After a brief study of bonobos in DRC, he returned to Sumatra to do a PhD on Thomas langur male long-distance calls, which he completed in 2002. A subsequent post-doc position at Utrecht University brought him to the island of Borneo where he continued to study orangutans. In 2005 he joined Great Ape Trust of Iowa where he worked as a scientist until 2009 when he joined the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program and the University of Zurich. In 2012 he joined LJMU. In 2012 he co-founded


Tickets are available online

  • Please bring cash for the bar as it will be cash only
  • To book a student ticket at a reduced rate please phone Save the Rhino’s office on 020 7357 7474
  • Email Laura for more information


The debate is part of ‘Spotlight Sumatra‘, a free outdoor exhibition of giant images putting a spotlight on Sumatra – the only place in the world where it is still possible to see elephants, orangutans, tigers and rhinos living wild. Some of 21st Century Tiger’s favorite photographers are taking part. Come along and take look.

1 May- 31 May 2014, Nr City Hall, More London Riverside, Tooley St, London SE1 2DB