Community Conservation in Sumatra

$12,079 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 80 people in 19 months
Tangkahan is described as the hidden paradise of Sumatra. It lies on the border of the Gunung Leuser National Park, part of the Leuser ecosystem and a UNESCO world heritage site. The Rangers of Tangkahan are a group of incredible, inspirational men who patrol the forest around Tangkahan, reporting illegal activity, removing poacher's hides and snares and recording signs of wildlife. They do this as a community service because of their love and respect for the environment.
This project was formed to ensure they receive a salary for their work collecting data (never done before), removing and destroying snares set to indiscriminantly catch wildlife, aerial mapping the forest border to determine encroachment over time and surveying forest edge communities to determine what sort of illegal activities they are engaging in and helping to assist them develop alternative sustainable means.  They also provide a service to their own as well as neighbouring communities, to assist in human-wildlife conflict, removing wildlife such as orangutans and elephants who raid community gardens, in a non-lethal way while educating the communities on how to mitigate this occurring. 

With your help we can keep our team of 10 rangers employed and patrolling monthly, making a difference to the buffer zone of the threatened Leuser ecosystem - there is currently noone else doing this work along the forest border. We thank you so much for your support and generosity in helping to keep the wildlife and people of the Leuser ecosystem safe.
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We are very thankful to the slow but steady donations that come in to help enable us to keep our ranger team in the field. This month they have been assisting with elephant conflict in their own as well as a nearby community. Elephants frequently crop raid as gardens are an easy and nutritious meal. Unfortunately this can mean a years' worth of income destroyed in one night for the farmer. One of our goals is to work with our focal communities to help develop prevention and mitigation strategies to reduce and eventually eliminate crop raiding by elephants. This has been done successfully in Africa and other parts of Asia so watch this space as we continue to develop our strategy. We couldn't do it without your support so thank you! Please visit our website www.therangersoftangkahan for our latest blog post and more on our program.
Crop raiding elephants damage dwellings
Destruction of community garden area
It's easy to tell where elephants were
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THANK YOU to all those who are supporting our programme and keeping our rangers patrolling each month. This month they have been in a new community along the buffer zone of the Leuser ecosystem and several were lucky enough to see a Sumatran tiger up close! We couldn't do this without your generosity and the ranger team sends there huge and sincere thanks.
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Thank you to Nell Huie for the generous donation given as a Christmas present to her grandmother! Please help us patrol in 2017. Donations on behalf make fantastic, unique gifts and helps spread awareness. Merry Christmas everyone!
Thank you!
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Hi everyone! As the end of the year draws to a close the ranger team wants to say a huge thank you to all of our supporters. Your generosity has made a significant difference to wildlife, the environment, the communities we work with and of course the rangers themselves. We are now strategizing and planning for 2017 and need to raise enough money in advance to have the rangers patrolling every month. This will mean the rangers can be offered secure employment in compliance with Indonesian law. Please share widely and help us achieve this ambitious goal. THANK YOU so very much, have a fantastic holiday period!
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$12,079 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 80 people in 19 months
Created July 4, 2016
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2 days ago
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Peninsula Brownies
4 months ago

Our Brownie unit loved learning about the work you do and the impact their choices can have on an ecosystem so far away. We fundraised to support conservation in Sumatra for our Conservation Fun badge. Keep up the great work!

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Katie Anest
4 months ago

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