Snare Removal in the Leuser Ecosystem

Our dedicated and passionate ranger, Jason, explains in English (his second language) how a snare is found and then deactivated by our ranger team. Our team are patrolling the Leuser Ecosystem, outside of the Gunung Leuser National Park in the buffer zone, where there is extensive human-wildlife conflict, much of which is in the form of snares that are illegally set to indiscriminately trap wildlife. Many snares are not regularly monitored by those who set them and trapped wildlife is often not found and left to rot. Our patrol team does an incredible job of maintaining a presence in the buffer zone every month, removing snares and helping to keep wildlife safe.

December in the forest

It's been a busy month in the buffer zone of the Leuser Ecosystem in North Sumatra. Our camera traps have captured amazing footage of a variety of species, some of which are Critically Endangered. For the first time, we captured footage of a female Sumatran orangutan walking along the ground. Orangutans are specially adapted to be arboreal, or tree dwelling, and rarely come to the ground; Sumatrans less so than their Bornean counterparts. Within the vicinity of our camera traps are multiple oil palm plantations that have replaced forested corridors wildlife need to travel. We hope this female got to her destination safely. We also obtained footage of a pair of White crowned hornbills, regula

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to ensure long term protection of the buffer zone of The Leuser Ecosystem in North Sumatra


To halt activities that damage the buffer zone and are a threat to wildlife, and to assist forest edge communities living within the buffer zone of the leuser ecosystem

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