22 Oktober 2020

Keep the King of Jungle Roar


A group of people gathered around a small box that is locked by winding of chain. Padlock with a relatively large size shaped is being opened by one of them. An object like a piece of a telephone SIM card withdrawn from the object with lens.

They are member of Bukit 30 consortium patrol team that was inspecting camera trap installed along tiger crossing track in Bukit 30, near Granite Camp. These activities are conducted to monitor the presence of the jungle king in Bukit 30 National Park.

Analysis made in laptop, showing that 5 tigers were visible consists of 1 adult male tiger and 4 adults tigress. There is 1 individual adult female named Arimbi was seen at Lahai Resort, 1 individual adult female named Lasmini at Keritang Resort, 1 individual adult female named Samantha at Talang Lakat Resort, 1 adult male named Namora at Siambul Resort, and 1 individual adult females who are called Surti at Suo-Suo Resort.

Massive land clearing in Bukit 30 National Park has made Sumatran Tiger movement in both regions started to change due to previously secondary forests habitat have been converted using heavy equipment. Therefore monitoring activities in this location become a top priority. A strong coordination is needed among all parties including office of, office of Bukit 30 National Park, local government, plantation companies, communities, and NGOs to discuss joint management of Sumatran tigers.

Willingness of all interested parties is needed to save the tiger from extinction and at the same time also save neighboring people who live adjacent to the habitat of the Sumatran tiger. If all parties are committed and take responsibility for the sustainability of king of the jungle, it will very likely the population of tiger can be maintained.

During monitoring activities conducted in 2014, the patrol team found installation of tiger traps and also tangles targeted to prey animals such as pigs and hedgehog. Therefore, routine monitoring efforts are absolutely necessary for at least paralyzing snares placed by irresponsible people.

One of the Bukit 30 Consortium target is to support Ministry of Environment and Forestry program in this regard Office of Bukit 30 National Park to increase 3% of Sumatran Tiger population based on previous year’s data. At the beginning of the program, baseline data available is PKHS was data in 2008, where there are 9-43 tiger individuals and data center from Bukit 30 office in 2011 that estimates there are remaining 19-25 individuals.

Up to the 33rd months program implementation with TFCA-Sumatera, Bukit 30 Consortium reported that it has successfully identified 58 individual tigers exist in and around ​​Bukit 30 National Park. This figure was obtained from the analysis results of data of photo/video identification during the year 2012 until now. However, the calculation does not yet enter data Sumatran tiger deaths due to the absence of data related to it. Therefore, the number of tigers can not be said as the number of tiger population in Bukit 30 National Park and surrounding areas, as the span of the camera installation activities are used as reference computation trap are too long (almost 3 years) without considering tiger deaths factor.

In addition to tigers, during the period of November 2014 to January 2015, the consortium has identified 30 wildlife species, consisting of 26 mammals and 4 aves. The patrol team has put together a video of wildlife as much as 393 videos and video 9 videos on tiger.

Tigers population are not only within the national park. They also exists outside the region, namely in the corridor conservation area. Tiger outside conservation areas also urgently need the attention of all parties. Since access to the site can be easily reached, intensive monitoring should be done.

However, not only tigers that require attention, people living around tiger habitats should also receive consideration and assistance as they are should live along with tigers. Coexist living with predators always at risk for conflict. So the patrol activities by visiting and mingling with local residents needs to be done. (as)

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