Last night on BBC2, Tigers About The House, showed Australian tiger supervisor Giles Clark embark on a trip to Kerinci Seblat National Park in Sumatra, to learn about the daily issues facing wild tigers there.
He spent a day with the Tiger Protection Conservation Units, (TPCUs) that defend Kerinci Seblat National Park from poachers. We’ve been proudly supporting these teams for over 10 years now.
The lead up to Ramadan is one of the busiest times of year for the TPCUs. Sadly, in Kerinici Seblat the lead up to this religious period of fasting sees an increase in snare placements throughout the National Park. Traditionally the end of Ramadan is celebrated with a huge feast, so some lay snares for small mammals, birds and deer. Many of these can still be a threat to the tiger.
To combat this increase in poaching, the TPCUs are pitted against each other in the Great Kerinci Snare Sweep! Their mission? To locate and dismantle as many snares as possible. Points are awarded to teams based on types of snares seized and destroyed, with the highest scoring unit winning a small prize.
So far this year, one team has managed to disrupt some illegal logging, seizing a chainsaw, as well as locating over 30 snares laid for birds and small mammals.
There are still five days till Ramadan begins and the rest of the teams make it back to base camp with their findings. We wish them the best of luck. If you want to be part of the team, or sponsor a unit, visit our donation pages or text ‘TIG64 £5’ to 70700.
Terima kasih, thank you from us all.