Sumatran Tiger Conservation Seminar

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Padang ( – Forum HarimauKita – Sumatran Tiger Conservation Forum, in collaboration with the Zoological Museum of the University of Andalas (UNAND), Conservation Agency of West Sumatra (BKSDA), Wildlifes Crime Unit (WCU), Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and TIGER HEART – Forum HarimauKita Volunteer Network held a national seminar and training of investigative training poaching and illegal trade in Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), 25 to 27 March 2011 in Padang.

The seminar aims to inform the public about the conservation status of the last Indonesian tiger. The increasing incidence of human-tiger conflict is an indicator that the balance of the ecosystem on the island of Sumatra began to fail. More than 100 people attended the seminar from various background such as students, Nature Lover, NGO and also government staff.

“We are expecting people to know the character of the Sumatran tiger so that people can understand the action of what to do if they find a tiger roaming the settlements,” said Dr. Novarino Wilson, Chairman of the Department of Biology UNAND in Padang.

After the seminar, continued with Training of wildlife trafficking investigation for members of TIGER HEART. This training aims to recruit more volunteers to help investigate the poaching and illegal trafficking of tiger and it’s body parts. As is well known, poaching is a direct threat to the preservation of tigers in their natural habitat.

This training tutored by WCU, the most effective anti-wildlife trafficking unit in Indonesia. Activities in Padang is a series of similar events held in four provinces in Sumatra is in West Sumatra, North Sumatra, Bengkulu and South Sumatra. (haw)