In 2017, with support from San Diego Zoo Global, SINTAS Indonesia, West Sumatra Conservation Agency (BKSDA), and University of Andalas, were the first to establish a long-term research and conservation program to study the ecology of Sumatran tiger in a heavily human-dominated landscapes in West Sumatra. The overall long-term goal of this project is to improve connectivity between Kerinci Seblat and Batang Gadis landscapes, two of 12 Tiger Conservation Landscapes in Sumatra.
We employ young field biologists to implement a variety of techniques and technologies to better understand how tigers use these human-dominated and often heavily degraded landscapes, including sign surveys to tell us which areas tigers occupy, camera traps to allow us to get tiger densities, GPS collars application to learn how the tiger move through degraded landscape, and novel genetic methods to more to look connectivity among protected areas. The long-term program’s strategies are:
1. To implement high-end conservation technologies to improve the conservation of Sumatran tigers and key wildlife species in heavily degraded marginal tiger habitats.
2. To promote the capacity of young conservationists and national capacity in implementing sound science conservation management.
3. To provide practical recommendations and solutions to holistically improve the management of Sumatran tigers and key wildlife species in both prime and marginal habitats.