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).
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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 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."
My passion for fighting against the destruction of the worlds rain forest and the precious eco systems they contain started in earnest for me when I was invited to a screening of a documentary called Rise of The Eco Warriors.
I realised while watching the film that if we as a species did not stop this prolific destruction, then we faced the very real possibility that much of south east Asia’s rain forests and the myriad of magnificent animals they contain would be gone if not in my lifetime then certainly in the next generations.
Other than the obvious loss to the world that the extinction from the wild of animals such as the Sumatran Tiger, Orangutans, and Rhinos and the countless other species that rely on these rain forests to survive, no one can predict what effect the destruction of these forests will have on the weather or even the air we breathe.
The fact that this destruction is not only ecologically disastrous but it is solely driven by corporate greed left me both saddened and angry.
These forests aren’t being destroyed to benefit the local peoples or to grow food for the people. They are being destroyed to grow an unsustainable product called palm oil. These plantations only have a realistic life of around 25 years of profitable production. So, for the short-term profit of global company’s future generations will be paying a price that is uncertain and long lasting.
18 months ago, I was fortunate enough to be invited to join a group of people that shared one thing in common, a drive to make a difference and a determination to actively support the people trying to save the natural wonder of these forests. As a group, we raised around $25,000 to help support an Orangutan rescue organisation in Borneo, we then were privileged enough to be guided on a trip through Borneo by Kodi Twiner, one of the remarkable young people who made Rise of The Eco Warriors.
Kodi organised a truly amazing journey for us. We met and became friends with the local Dayak people, who welcomed us into their homes and lives. We saw firsthand how they are fighting against this destruction, by developing sustainable industries and eco-tourism. We were also able to see the Orangutan forest school that the money we raised was assisting.
I am fortunate enough that I am once again joining Kodi in the Jungle, this time in Sumatra. We will again be treated to an experience that I am sure will not only reward and challenge us on a personal level but will also assist the local people that are working desperately to save their forests and animals.
If you would like to assist in this fight and can afford a few dollars to help, please donate on my page. The money will go towards a local conservation organisation called ALeRT and the Elephant Response Team at Way Kambas National Park. If anyone would like to learn more, or even join us in Sumatra, please let me know.
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 is a travel company providing tours to Borneo and Sumatra, Indonesia.
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.
For more information about the tour and to book online visit our website.