Community Conservation in Sumatra

$29,836 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 117 people in 38 months
The Leuser Ecosystem is the LAST place on Earth where the remaining Sumatran megafauna co-exist: Sumatran orangutans, elephants, tigers and rhinoceros. The Leuser Ecosystem is one of the most important and biodiverse ever described and has a global impact and importance, through it's ability to regulate worldwide climate, by storing millions of tons of peat in its ancient peat swamp forests.
But the Leuser is under imminent threat from a multitude of destruction: mining, roading, oil palm and large scale development to name a few. The dwindling wildlife living within the ever-shrinking forests are under significant pressure and extensive wildlife conflict still occurs, despite the legal protection status of much of the forest and its inhabitants. Forest edge communities have settled up to and into the forest, planting crops and gardens to sustain themselves and their livelihoods, creating extensive wildlife conflict along the buffer zone. Buffer zones in and around the Leuser Ecosystem forests are the site of significant human-wildlife conflict. Species particularly impacted are the Sumatran elephant and orangutan, both critically endangered with over 80% of their habitat lost in one generation. Forest edge communities are often poverty-stricken, sustaining or supplementing their income through harmful and illegal practices such as poaching and forest clearing as they have little alternative.

The Sumatran Ranger Project was formed to help provide a level of protection to the wildlife living in and around forest edge communities and to work with communities to help identify alternative income that does not harm the forest. The project employs a small team of rangers who deactivate and remove snares, provide community outreach and engagement, collect data, mitigate wildlife conflict and conduct drone surveys. They are the only team working solely in the buffer zone of the Leuser Ecosystem in North Sumatra, but one of many committed organizations working desperately to protect this precious environment.

With your help we can keep our team of skilled and dedicated rangers employed and patrolling monthly, maintaining a presence in the buffer zone of the threatened Leuser Ecosystem. 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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Two of our team recently showed a group of guests from New Zealand and Australia, an area they patrol in outside the Gunung Leuser National Park. In one small section of buffer zone between the forest and plantations of oil palm and rubber, the group removed 19 snares! Thanks to the expert eyes of ranger Jasson the group quickly learnt how to easily identify snare locations and deactivate and remove them. Thank you for your ongoing support, it is so appreciated by our team.
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This January, our patrol team have been in several forest edge communities immediately outside the Gunung Leuser National Park border. They have removed 35 snares within a few days, making this one of the biggest snare removal operations in a long time. We thank you for your support to help them continue this vital conservation work.
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We are so thankful for your support in 2018, enabling us to continue to expand our program and keeping our rangers in the buffer zone deterring wildlife crime and supporting forest edge communities. Merry Christmas, Selamat hari Natal, from the Sumatran Ranger Project team.
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Our team have been busy recently! Whilst patrolling they have been finding lots of signs of Malayan sun bears - check out the incredible footprint!
They attended a conservation festival in Bukit Lawang, to identify collaborative opportunities with other NGOs working in the region, and ranger Jack was invited to attend a human-elephant conflict mitigation workshop in Jambi province. This was facilitated by The Frankfurt Zoological Society and Jack learnt many new skills, including radio telemetry. Without your support we wouldn't be able to provide these essential professional development opportunities which enable the team to provide greater protection to the Leuser Ecosystem. THANK YOU!
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$29,836 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 117 people in 38 months
Created July 4, 2016
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Janis Miller
7 days ago

This is a donation made on behalf of the American Association of Zoo Keepers Toronto Zoo Chapter. The funds were raised through a bake sale.

Margaret Rauch
8 days ago
William Spaetgens
16 days ago
Orbit Social
17 days ago

This teams daily work is exceptional, essential and cherished.

Barbara Lyon
18 days ago
Wendy Morrice
21 days ago

From me my friends and family❤️

Wendy Morrice
1 month ago

Such a great cause

Evan Dolan
2 months ago

must preserve this last every shrinking piece of paradise

Dorota Cieslikiewicz
3 months ago
Tracey Hampton
4 months ago

For my bro’s birthday present, love Mark & Donut X

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