Community Conservation in Sumatra

$23,098 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 101 people in 28 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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Thank you for your support on World Ranger Day 2018!
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Thank you so much to all who continue to support the rangers' vital conservation efforts. We have a strong anti-poaching focus and continue to remove numerous snares in the buffer zone of the Leuser Ecosystem. We have recently been collaborating with international experts to help us assess and overcome human-wildlife conflict and we couldn't do this without your support. Please continue to share this page with your networks, to help enable our programme to develop. Watch out soon for the beginnings of an education collaboration! THANK YOU.
Snares after deactivation
The remains of a forest goat in a snare
Ranger Nasib deactivating a snare
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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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$23,098 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 101 people in 28 months
Created July 4, 2016
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Wendy Cearns
3 days ago

Such a privilege to support the work Amy & the Rangers do to protect our precious forest and animals. Heartfelt thanks.

Mark Reed
3 months ago

Happy Birthday Hannah

Hannah Reed
4 months ago

From Hannah Reed & Paul Tyler

Gillian Goldsmith
4 months ago

Happy Birthday Roo. Lots of Love from Gill, Peter, Kelvin, Julie, Joyce, Eric, Laura, Rob, Darcy, Grace, Craig, Blake, Jack, Sarah, Nick, Xavier, Beccy, Kade, Ollie and Harry XOXOXOX

Helena Terwel
4 months ago

Happy birthday Roooooo!! Xxx Helena

Gary Lindsey
4 months ago

Happy Birthday Roo. Love Mum and Dad xx❤️

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