Kitty Mc Knight
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."
"Hi Fellow humans! As my heart has called me back to Sumatra since the last time I was there, I jumped on the opportunity to travel back with Solid Trails. My first trip to Sumatra was whilst I was studying Environmental Science. The trip was deeply moving in many ways. I met so many incredible people. I am so excited to get back into the beautiful Sumatran forest and immerse myself in this project. All my friends and family know I am passionate about the environment and animals.
I want to wholeheartedly, give my time to help contribute to positive change where I can and support people like Kodi, and the conservation groups who are fighting for our world and human beings and our precious natural ecosystems. To be able to watch an endangered Sumatran rhinoceros eating her breakfast and wander off into the forest, knowing all the while she is one of only a couple of hundred left in the wild, leaves you changed forever. Knowing we as humans have the power to decimate entire ecosystems and species is confronting, but if we have the power to do this, we also have equal power to make positive change. This is what drives me forward.
Love, Kitty "
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.
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