Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae) are classified as critically endangered by IUCN. Their numbers have been decimated by deforestation and rampant poaching, driven by a demand for traditional chinese medicines and trophies. There are only TWO viable populations left of Sumatran tigers; one of these is in the leuser ecosystem. there are thought to be fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers left on Earth.
Our ranger team regularly find signs of Sumatran tigers while on patrol outside the Gunung Leuser National Park, in very close proximity to forest edge communities.
In July 2019 our team responded to a human-wildlife conflict event in one of the communities we patrol in and near. A Sumatran tiger killed a cow belonging to one of the locals and the community retaliated by setting snares. Sumatran Ranger Project put camera traps out to capture footage to assist us in identifying the individual if there is continued conflict. We were fortunate to capture incredible images of a young female tiger and were able to compensate the owner of the cow in exchange for allowing us to remove the snares. Our rangers gathered a team of locals and were able to successfully drive the tiger back into the forest using non-lethal means. We are now working closely with this community to provide school supplies and develop alternative income opportunities along with education on how to reduce livestock loss to predators.