HarimauKita’s Expert Presenting Sumatran Tiger Conservation Status

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Featured Speaker: Hariyo Wibisono, Chairman, the Supervisory Board HarimauKita: the Sumatran tiger conservation forum When: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 from 3:00-4:30 Where: SCBI Auditorium, Front Royal, Va.

Tigers were once widely distributed on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali in Indonesia. Today, the Bali (Panthera tigris balica Linnaeus, 1758) and Javan subspecies (P. t. javanica) are extinct and the only remaining subspecies, the Sumatran tiger (P. t. sumatrae) distributed across Sumatra is not faring well either because of poaching and fragmentation and loss of habitat. Unplanned massive industrial plantations of oil palm, rubber, pulp and paper, coffee, etc. are fast replacing and fragmenting the natural habitats together with logging. In addition to the loss of habitat, continued market demand for tiger body parts, non-selective ungulate snares, authorized removal and retaliatory killing of tigers as a result of conflict with humans are the main factors in depleting the Sumatran tiger populations.

In response to this, in 2007, the Government of Indonesia has set up a strategic and action plan to secure and improve the last remaining Sumatran tigers. The presentation will provide a brief overview on the past and current conservation approaches, status of Sumatran tiger population, progress that has been made by the Government of Indonesia and conservation communities, challenges, and the anticipated key future needs to secure the last remaining Sumatran tiger.

Hariyo “Beebach” Wibisono has been working as a field scientist and a conservation manager since 1993. Beebach earned his master degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2005. His research topics included population and ecology of large mammals, especially Sumatran tigers.

Beebach has held several positions with many leading conservation institutions, mostly with the Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia Program. He is one of the very few Indonesian experts in large mammal survey techniques and has provided trainings for Indonesian conservationists from various organizations. He has worked extensively with community members and fellow conservation professionals from the government and NGOs to explore innovative tools and techniques for the conservation of wildlife and their habitats. Beebach has been a leading expert at WCS-IP on Sumatran tigers and large mammals and has led field teams and professional staff in initiating several major projects of the organization since 1998. He achieved the highest professional career when he served as the Deputy Director of WCS-IP between 2002 and 2003.

Until recently, he led the WCS Tiger Forever initiative in Sumatra, on the island-wide survey for large mammals in Sumatra, and chaired the HarimauKita, the Indonesia Tiger Conservation Forum supported by more than 100 tiger conservationists and community members from 25 major organizations working to save Sumatran Tiger (www.harimaukita.or.id). He is among very few Indonesian who are internationally recognized as tiger experts. Along with his professional career, he has published several scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals.

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