Tiger Projects Indonesia

Indonesia is one of the world’s largest archipelagos and is situated between Asia and Australia. The island of Sumatra is located in Indonesia and is the only island where you can find the Panthera tigris sumatrae (Sumatran tiger).  Today there are thought to be an estimated 400-500 Sumatran tigers left in the wild; our projects help to conserve the tiger and its habitat throughout Indonesia.

Learn more about the Sumatran tiger.

 Current Projects

Kerinci Seblat tiger protection project 2000 – 17

FFI Tiger Protection Project 2009 © FFI

FFI’s on-going program aims to support the Indonesian Government’s commitment regarding protection of threatened species, particularly the critically endangered Sumatran tiger. The program is committed to maintaining a sustainable, and effective species conservation program in one of Asia’s most important national parks.


Protecting the Sumatran tiger in Bengkulu

This Lingkar Institute project aims to reduce the poaching threat to Sumatran tiger in the National Park and adjacent forests through building strong practical collaborations between local and national government, religious leaders and forest-edge communities.




Tiger Protection Project – Auckland Zoo funded

The Kerinci Seblat Tiger Protection Project with a grant from the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund will counterpart the Linkgar project to engage with local religious leaders to reduce the poaching threat in Bengkulu.




Past Projects


Tiger Protection Project – Auckland Zoo funded

FFI_TPCU_KSNP_March2015The Kerinci Seblat Tiger Protection Project was given a further financial boost with a grant from the Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund to support the TPCUs.



Disease surveillance programme for Sumatran Tigers

WildlifeHealthmonitoringRussia.WVIThe start of the latest proposal from  WVI has been delayed due to the postponement of the 1st AGM of the Sumatran Tiger Health Forum. This forum was inaugurated at the workshop hosted by Taman Safari Indonesia and facilitated by WVI with assistance from 21st Century Tiger. It was attended by representatives of the Indonesian Veterinary Medical Association and the Wildlife and Conservation Office (BKSDA) and agreed a framework and protocols for disease surveillance across the island as well as facilitating the network of wildlife vets and supporting organisations.

Kerinci Seblat Tiger Protection – Wheels for Conservation

Tough terrain takes it toll on vehicles

Thanks to a generous grant from Auckland Zoo Trust, 21st Century Tiger is supporting Fauna and Flora International  Kerinci Seblat Tiger Protection and Conservation Project by providing funds to buy  two long-wheel base, double-cabin 4WD pick ups.



ZSL Dangku Landscape Protection 2012-13

Sumatran tiger 3 © ZSLThe Zoological Society of London (ZSL) team have established this project to coordinate with land owners and the government to mitigate detrimental impacts on the Dangku landscape and leave corridors of untouched habitat across industrial land to ensure the survival of the Sumatran tiger.



Kerinci Seblat tiger protection project 2007 – 12

This project was fully funded by Dreamworld.

FFI Tiger Protection Project 2009 © FFI The objective of this Fauna & Floral International  (FFI) project is to secure the long-term conservation of wild Sumatran tiger, in particular through controlling the poaching of tiger and prey species and habitat loss and through effective mitigation of human-tiger conflict.

In raising the ability of the forestry department and others to tackle tiger and other serious wildlife crime and winning the support of forest-edge communities and local governments, FFI aim to make an impact in the conservation of Sumatran tiger and tiger habitat.

Sumatran tiger © ZSL

Monitoring tiger population trends in Kerinci Seblat 2010-11

This project repeats DICE’s camera trap work undertaken with grants from 21st Century

Tiger and gives evidence on the effectiveness of conservation in this area.


FFI travel grant KGTW

Sumatran tiger © ZSLKathmandu Global Tiger Workshop 27th -30th ocotber 2009 participants support development of a conservation strategy for tigers focusing on ending tiger trade as well as preparing for the Year-of-The-Tiger summit to be held in late 2010.




Training in Palembang © ZSLZSL. Tackling Crime in Berbak 2009-12

ZSL’s project in Sumatra started with the surveys of the ranging patterns of Sumatran tigers in 2003 and now focuses on protection for 2009-10 alongside ZSL’s Berbak Carbon Project. Between 1990 and 2000, 25% of the forest in Berbak National Park was lost due to illegal logging, clearance and fire. This forest loss directly impacts on wild tigers and these threats are now escalating at a worrying pace. ZSL is establishing a network of local community rangers to investigate and deter wildlife crime and encourage good relations between local people and the police.

ZSL. Mapping tiger conservation values in Eastern Sumatra 2007 – 09

This ZSL project aimed to build on research carried out in 2006 – 07 in eastern Sumatra.  A major objective in Indonesia was to assist the government to conserve tigers and other wildlife through the development of a true conservation matrix of habitat types and land uses, capable of supporting wildlife and ecosystem services whilst still contributing to the country’s economic and social development.

The project, with its focus on the connectivity between protected and unprotected areas, began by surveying core protected areas at the request of the Department of Forestry, focusing upon areas highlighted in recent tiger strategy documents before moving on to look at remaining connectivity between them. Each survey recorded species and threat occupancy, as well as a range of social values using foot, camera and interview surveys.

ZSL/WCS. Rapid quantitative assessment of tigers in southern Sumatra 2006 – 07

This ZSL/WCS project aimed to develop a rapid assessment methodology for Sumatran tiger and to employ the method in four southern Sumatran provinces; as a status and threat assessment, as a capacity building exercise and as a vehicle to promote tiger awareness.

The method will be developed in collaboration with the Indonesian Department of Forestry and all major tiger stakeholders in Indonesia.

Once developed the method will be employed in a rapid status assessment of tigers in the southern Sumatran provinces of Lampung, Bengkulu, South Sumatra and Jambi.

ZSL. Coexistence between tigers and other large mammals and industry 2006 – 07

The survey from this ZSL project showed that tigers and other species of conservation concern still existed in this commercially-dominated landscape but despite the existence of key prey species, the tigers numbers were lower and ranged less widely than previously thought. Human activities are  likely to be the reason for the decline in numbers and further surveys are planned to investigate this.

Monitoring tiger population trends in Kerinci Seblat 2004- 08

Now in its fourth year, this project in Kerinci Seblat National Park in west-central Sumatra, has been collecting data on the status of tigers, their prey and their forest habitat  through camera trap surveys, newly developed detection/non-detection surveys and satellite imagery. Tigers in KSNP are threatened directly by poaching and indirectly by illegal logging and poaching of their prey. To overcome the problems that impede tiger conservation specifically, and biodiversity conservation more generally, a multi-disciplinary approach has been established in this collaboration between DICE and FFI-Indonesia Programme.

Curbing wildlife crime in Sumatra 2003 – 05

This WCS-Indonesia project established a Wildlife Crimes Unit, field protection unit and provided financial and legal support for the prosecution of poachers.

Ranging patterns in Sumatran tigers 2003 – 04

This ZSL project looked at the key strategy for ensuring the survival of the Sumatran tiger by working on their survival outside the protected area system. Non-protected areas represent a far larger area of land, do not exclude people and therefore reduce the potential for land use conflict, and can provide connectivity between the core protected areas.

Prevention of local extinction of tigers 2001

Increased forest conversion and degradation has produced more areas of exposed forest edge which now causes considerable concern in tropical forest and top predator conservation.

Tiger Rapid Evaluation Team 1997-9

The goal of the project is to provide information to The Indonesian Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation so that a realistic management strategy can be developed to promote the long-term viability of wild tigers.

Trade 2001

TRAFFIC carried out surveys and compiled intelligence on illegal trade in Sumatra in 2001.