Saturday, April 12, 2014

magical leuser

Leuser's tigers share their habitat with several other critically endangered species, like the Sumatran elephant and the Sumatran orang utan. A few months of camera trapping in one of Leuser's shrinking lowland forests shows it's all still there... Leuser is still a magical place. Help to save Leuser and sign this new petition.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Voting has started!!  with only 4 mouse clicks you enable us to expand much needed patrols in the Leuser Ecosystem and keep crucial tiger habitat free of lethal snares!

go to

the name of the project is Combating wildlife crime in the Leuser Ecosystem 

or for German speaking people, go to

and click on the project:  Sumatra, Keine Chance für Wilderer

a tiger snare, ready to pounce

tiger snare dismantled, before it caused damage

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hands full with snares

... found in critical tiger habitat, inside the Leuser Ecosystem. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


Since 2011, our trap cameras have captured dozens of videos in the Leuser Ecosystem in northernSumatraIndonesia. For the first time, high quality videos showed the unparalleled biodiversity of this world renowned forest landscape in a way not seen before.  
Sadly, during the course of the project we discovered that poachers are running amok in some of Leusers most important wildlife areas. The Leuser Ecosystem is one of the very few remaining places where several of Sumatra’s endangered and critically endangered species manage to survive. Unless more action is taken however, the future of this magical place, which is home to so many rare and elusive species, look rather grim.

As a response to the worrisome findings in the field, we continue our activities, under a new name: Active Conservation Throughout Leuser (ACT-Leuser).  Again in close cooperation with the Aceh based Forum Konservasi Leuser (former BPKEL), we continue to improve the conservation of Leuser's tigers, rhinos, elephants and all those other species that walked pass our cameras in the last two years.

We thank the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for supporting our field teams. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

snares again

At this moment we're looking hard to find sufficient funding to continue removing these ugly snares and to keep the trap cameras running!
                                                 ALL HELP IS WELCOME!! 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sumatran Serow

probably still common in Leusers far corners, but very rare near human settlements. The Sumatran Serow is now listed as vulnerable by the IUCN. We got only three videos of this odd looking species of goat antilope and it seems to be three times the same individual..

species on camera:

  • sumatran elephant
  • sumatran tiger
  • sun bear
  • marbled cat
  • golden cat
  • leopard cat
  • sumatran serow
  • sambar deer
  • binturong
  • giant squirrel
  • sumatran hog badger
  • Yellow-throated marten
  • banded linsang
  • masked palm civet
  • banded civet
  • monitor lizard
  • squirell
  • otter
  • eurasian pig
  • pangolin
  • porcupine
  • mouse deer
  • muntjac / barking deer
  • pig tailed macaque
  • moon rat
  • long-tailed macaque
  • orangutan
  • thomas leaf monkey
  • pit viper
  • Long-tailed giant rat
  • aceh pheasant
  • Bronze tailed Peacock Pheasant
  • Crested Goshawk
  • Crimson-winged Woodpecker
  • crested serpent eagle
  • white winged duck
  • Chestnut-naped Forktail
  • greater coucal
  • malayan crested fireback pheasant
  • mountain imperial pigeon
  • argus pheasant
  • emerald dove