What have the patrols found?In the last three months, the team have found 22 threats to the wildlife in the rainforest near Bukit Lawang.
Over the last three months, the wildlife patrol team have been busy – covering over 180km and 12,000 hectares.
They have visited areas around Sei Betung-Sekoci, Baharok near Bukit Lawang, and Trenggulun. Where possible, these patrols have also involved National Park rangers and local community members.
In that time, they found 22 human threats to the forest, including poaching, illegal logging, eight illegal fisherman fishing in Besitang river, processed logs waiting for transportation, a deer poacher and a bird poacher.
They have confiscated illegal timber, destroyed 6 poaching camps, destroyed 6 snares, torn down 4 hectares of illegal rubber plantations and arrested 9 poachers. There are still 2 hectares of illegal rubber plantation under investigation, which are due to be destroyed at the next patrol.
On a more positive note, the team saw plenty of signs of wildlife including traces of deer, serow, sunbear, elephants, one old orangutan’s nest, and a boar’s nest. Excitingly they also saw 3 traces of Sumatran tiger.