Way Kambas National Park (1,300km2/130,000hectares) is a hotspot of biodiversity, and one of the three remaining strongholds of the Sumatran rhino (see map above) and an important population of rescued elephants.
The park consists of swamp forest and lowland rainforest and lies at the extreme southern end of the eastern coastal plain of Sumatra. It encompasses part of the vast, seasonally inundated swamp area of eastern Sumatra.
ALeRT (Aliansi Lestari Rimba Terpadu - The Alliance of Integrated Forest Conservation) are setting a network of camera traps, motion triggered cameras that capture footage of wildlife. This footage is then used as evidence of population, behaviour, feeding habits and other data.
The images they’ve captured of threatened Sumatran wildlife is proof that reforestation projects can revive previously degraded habitat.
ALeRT also work closely to the ERU (Elephant Response Unit). ERU are responsible for conducting elephant patrols within the Way Kambas National Park area.
The work of the Elephant Response Unit also demonstrates the importance of reducing human-elephant conflict in order to continue conserving the remaining ecosystem for this important population (thought to number around 25 rhinos and about 70 elephants).
The Sumatran Rhino declared extinct in Sabah, Borneo. Can we save the very last wild populations?
Tam, here at Borneo Rhino Sanctuary in Sabah, may be the world's last male Bornean rhino and one of the last Sumatran rhinos. Photo by: Jeremy Hance. Courtesy Mongabay.
The purpose of this urgent proposal is to
1) raise immediate funding to continue to monitor and maintain our current deployments of camera traps, and
2) construct 3-4 new guard huts for the elephant patrol units.
The current camera network was installed between May 2015 to January 2017, to support ongoing vital monitoring for the highly endangered Sumatran rhino, elephants and other endangered species in Way Kambas National Park.
100% of funds will go to maintaining our Camera trap network for the next six months and constructing new patrol huts.
Camera traps help us to protect and expand the habitat for one of the last remaining populations of Sumatran Rhino, as we revegetate the Way Kambas National Park in Sumatra, we are also planting food plants for this critically endangered species.
The biodiversity monitoring team have captured valuable camera trap footage of Sumatran Rhino for in their restoration project area and within the primary forest.
With your support we can continue this work!
Budget for the Camera Traps project (in USD)
For more Information about ALerT and the Sumatran Rhino please visit our website.
The Elephant Response Unit are a group of dedicated mahouts and elephants that patrol the borders of Way Kambas National Park.
Their job is to keep the wild elephants inside the park, thus preventing human-elephant conflict.
Human elephant conflict occurs when wild elephants escape the National Park and trample nearby farmland.
ERU has proven extremely effective in reducing human elephant conflict.
The mahouts of ERU need to build additional guard huts at strategic points of their patrol route, to better enable their work in cases of heavy rain or long-term monitoring.
ALeRT will work with the ERU to fund the construction of these basic but extremely useful guard huts in Way Kambas National Park.
Each hut costs $250 aud to construct. We're seeking to raise $1,000 to build 3-4 huts by September 2017.
Click to read more about the ERU in The Guardian.
"With less than 2,000 Sumatran elephants remaining across all of Sumatra, the sixth largest island in the world, every lost elephant is significant."
Indonesia's ALeRT is a non-profit community conservation organization founded in 2009 in Way Kambas, Labuhan Ratu, East Lampung regency, Lampung Province, Sumatra.
ALeRT is an abbreviation of the Alliance of Sustainable Forest Management, or in English The Alliance of Integrated Forest Conservation. Click to visit the website
Solid Trails Borneo Tour 2017 is now fundraising to to help the Sintang Orangutan Centre (SOC) in Indonesia in their mission to rehabilitate the critically endangered Orangutans of Borneo. We need YOU to help secure the future of Borneo's wild orangutans.
Since 2011, the Sintang Orangutan Rescue Centre has made great progress, and is now ready to go to the next stage in their work to rescue, rehabilitate and release wild orangutans.
Your support will give the Rescue Centre the chance to:
#1 build a second Forest School to rehabilitate rescued orangutans,
#2 start the release program to safely release orangutans back into their tropical rainforest home.
Orangutans are custodians of the rainforest ecosystem, helping the rainforest to grow and function healthily. Sadly, due to many threats, orangutans have become critically endangered.
Over the past two decades, Borneo has lost over half of its tropical rainforest habitat that the orangutans call home due to deforestation from the palm oil industry, forest fires, logging and mining. Because of this, orangutan populations have drastically declined.
Immediate help is needed to save their habitat, their forest knowledge and their populations from extinction.
The Sintang Orangutan Rescue Centre (SOC) helps rescue, rehabilitate and release orangutans in West Kalimantan, Borneo, following its carefully designed three-step program.
The first step is the Rescue Centre in Sintang. The Rescue Centre saves orangutans that are being kept as illegal pets, illegally traded or wild orangutans that are causing disturbance to human communities and activities. At the same time, local communities are educated on the importance of forest and orangutan conservation, to help stop the threats to orangutans and their habitat in the first place.
Very often the rescued orangutans arrive incredibly weak, traumatised, undernourished and sick. The first few weeks they spend in quarantine to assess their medical and behavioural needs and treatment is given. When they are emotionally and physically healthy again, they are gently introduced to the socialisation enclosures to find a first friend. Although orangutans live mostly in the wild, social interaction is important and having an orangutan buddy can help give comfort and support during the rehabilitation process. In the final step of rehabilitation, the rescued orangutans are brought to the Forest School. To go to the Forest School, the orangutan must show some first nest making skills, be socially capable, show enough interest in different food types and have basic problem solving abilities. You can see there is a lot of learning and work involved!
The Forest School is an enclosure of wild tropical rainforest where the orangutans can practice all their forest survival skills. This is the final phase in preparing the orangutans for release back into the wild.
The first Forest School was built in the village of Tembak. The peoples of Tembak have great enthusiasm for orangutans and are fighting tirelessly to save their forest and livelihood.
When the orangutans are healthy and capable of surviving in the wild, they are released into suitable and safe tropical rainforest habitat. Release areas are carefully assessed and must have a good existing ecology as well as meet safe and legal protection status criteria. Released orangutans are tracked using microchipped telemetry, which provides useful information about the development of the rewilded population and helps in future decision making for successful orangutan release.
A major achievement of the SOC is that there are now 5 orangutans ready for release into the wild! Release of these orangutans will start in 2017. As the SOC program powers ahead and more rescued orangutans come in, the Tembak Forest School is at capacity so a new Forest School is also needed quickly!
I am raising funds for two critical purposes:
New Forest School
Build a second Forest School at Jerora to rehabilitate rescued orangutans
Funds will be used to:
- Build an electric fence to enclose 2 hectares of wild forest
- Electrical equipment to provide the fence with electricity
- Canopy feeding platforms
- Canopy observation and babysitter platforms
- Field clinic and staff housing facilities
Starting the Release Program to safely release orangutans back into their wild tropical rainforest home.
Funds will be used for:
- Two speedboats to access basecamp and release sites for monitoring
- Telemetry devices to track the orangutans
- Building the first basecamp for ongoing monitoring
- Financing monitoring, medical, technician and basecamp teams
- Staff training
Please donate today
to help the orangutans on their journey back to the wild!
About Ami Peluchetti
"Hi I'm Ami, a 33 year old Australian musician and educator who is passionate about using music and technology to make positive change for our planet. I am coming to Sumatra and Borneo for the Ecotronica project which I founded in 2016. I will collect field recordings of animals, people and environments and conduct bio-data sonification with plants to compose songs with the rainforests before they disappear."
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Founded by Kodi Twiner in 2015, with a vision to provide profoundly unique travel experiences that empower guests as global citizens, benefit local communities and forge partnerships that span seas and cultural chasms.
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