“Immediate expansion of the Bukit Tigapuluh National Park is “The only way to prevent more conflict between the animals and humans is by expanding the park,” said Mr Didy Wurjanto, Director of the Jambi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and Conservation.
A number of conflicts have occurred recently between Sumatran elephants and tigers due to diminishing habitat.
The greatest threat to the environment and these endangered animals is a proposal put forth by the paper giant, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), who wants to clear forest in the Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia. It is home to the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan and Sumatran wildlife habitat.
Currently the Australian Orangutan Project is a major supporter of the Sumatran Orangutan Reintroduction Project operating in the Bukit Tigapuluh ecosystem. 100 ex-captive, rehabilitated orangutans have been released into the forest area to date via the project – the only reintroduction site for this critically endangered species.
Many other environmental organizations and several Australian Government and NGOs financially support the Bukit Tigapuluh ecosystem including the Australian Orangutan Project, Humane Society International (Australia), Perth Zoo, Auckland Zoo, Australia Zoo and Dreamworld. WWF, Frankfurt Zoological Society, Zoological Society of London and Nature’s Crusaders are also strong supporters of plans to protect Bukit Tigapuluh and its surrounds.
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Excerpts courtesy of Orangutan.org.au
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