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What are you doing about tiger farms?

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 in Blog, News | 0 comments

What are you doing about tiger farms?

To some, the idea of farming tigers, as we farm say chickens or cows may seem a productive and efficient way to stop tigers being poached in the wild. A basic logic dictates, that not only does this ensure a plentiful supply for endangered species consumers, but that farms will act as some sort of magical wand that alleviates the need for criminals to poach tigers to order from the wild. China is the biggest actor in this industry, however, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and even Korea are all major wildlife consumers and are implicit in the trafficking and manufacturing of endangered species...

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One man’s dream to bring the forest back to Sungai Yu Tiger Corridor

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 in Blog, News | 0 comments

One man’s dream to bring the forest back to Sungai Yu Tiger Corridor

By Kae Kawanishi  – General Manager/Head of Conservation  MYCAT A team of MYCAT senior staff came out of the interview room and reported, “Kae, he’s a keeper, but watch out … he’s like you.” By that, they meant that he’s strong willed and very independent (not stubborn and non-cooperative). Through my 18 years of experience in the struggle to save wildlife in Malaysia, I have realised that if the fate of the Malayan tiger was dependent on the government and a handful of conservation professionals like us, they will go extinct in my lifetime. If the laws are blatantly...

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Ramadan and tigers

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Ramadan and tigers

Each year, the FFI Tiger Protection Teams in Sumatra, Indonesia face greater instances of snares in the protected area of Kerinci Seblat National Park. Poachers take advantage during the fasting season, indiscriminately laying snares in the hope that as well as deer they will catch their main prize; the Sumatran Tiger. To combat the poachers, Tiger Protection Units work tirelessly in competition against each other to see who can find and destroy the most snares.  Points are awarded depending on the type of snare found, i.e. 500 points – active tiger snares, 50 points – active...

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Toughest ever sanctions against tiger poachers in Indonesia

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Toughest ever sanctions against tiger poachers in Indonesia

Tiger Protection and Conservation Units (TPCUs) in Kerinci Seblat National Park are proud to announce that they have secured the toughest ever penalties seen in Indonesia against  tiger poachers, and a tiger trader. This was a team effort, helped by your continued support and donations.  The severity of the sentences handed down to these criminals indicates that the Indonesian government is making positive steps to deter wildlife criminals. We’re so proud to be a very small part of this huge effort, from tip-off, to arrests, right through to the final stages of prosecution and...

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Wild tiger population rise

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Wild tiger population rise

Wild tiger population rise It’s been hard to escape the international press news about wild tiger population rise. It’s fantastic and positive news for everyone working in tiger conservation –  whether in the field or fundraising  – proving that our hard work has not been in vain. What is important is to consider the data and science behind the headlines.  In Sumatra and Malaysia specifically, there has not been an official census for some years.  These are both due to happen by the end of 2016. The news release from WWF comes at the start of the 3rd Asia...

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The impact of unsustainable palm oil – Easter 2016

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 in Blog, News | 0 comments

The impact of unsustainable palm oil – Easter 2016

Palm oil is in over half of the packaged goods we purchase today. Easter is a good time to look at the impact of palm oil on the environment, and how, we as consumers can think about how we can consider how our choices can benefit the rainforests and wildlife that suffer as a result of unsustainable industry practise. We do not call for an all out boycott of palm oil, rather an industry that is better regulated and does not devastate virgin rainforest. It’s especially important to tigers and their prey, whose wild populations cannot thrive in oil palm plantations. CURRENT SITUATION In the...

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