Washington: A recent survey on tigers of Sumatra has revealed that Indonesia has a growing tiger stronghold on an island that is conserved under a private authority.
Tomy Winata, founder of Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation (TWNC), has carried out critical tiger conservation initiatives in the region since 1996.
TWNC has recently partnered with Panthera, a global big cat conservation organization, to implement a camera trap survey.
The preliminary data from the study recently indicated an unexpected density of six tigers per 100km2 in the southern region of TWNC.
The study has identified Tambling, which is part of the globally significant Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (BBSNP), as a beacon of hope for the last remaining 400-500 wild Sumatran tigers.
Panthera`s CEO and tiger scientist, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, stated that the main threat to tigers across their range is from poaching.
He further said that Winata and his team have successfully secured a significant area utilizing effective enforcement coupled with good science and monitoring.
TWNC`s initiatives have also benefited Tambling`s local fishing community by providing villagers with employment opportunities, contributions to the community health clinic and school, student scholarships and more.
Situated within a picturesque peninsula forming the southern tip of BBSNP, the TWNC region encompasses a privately managed concession which is critical to the protection and connectivity of core tiger populations in the larger landscape.