Eyes on Leuser is a conservation / media project which started in June 2011 and will continue until at least the end of 2012. The goal of the project is to create a video database of the exceptionally rich biodiversity of the Leuser ecosystem in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia.
Leusers variety of charismatic species is beyond comparison, but up until now not many videos exist of most of its enigmatic inhabitants. Because most animals of Leuser are rare, shy and/or nocturnal, the only way to get them on film is by using video trail cameras. Eyes on Leuser uses the latest models of HD cameras. During the project they will be moved to different locations so we'll cover a variety of distinctive types of habitat, from swamp forests near the coast to mountain alpine forest in the interior of the ecosystem.
The videos we collect have several purposes: they provide insight into species distribution and movement, they serve as powerful tool to support lobbyist activities and they are being utilized for all kinds of promotion, education and awareness campaigns.
Over time, the footage we collect will give an unprecedented view into one of the world's most exceptional and mystical forest areas, the Leuser Ecosystem.
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Eyes on Leuser is a project initiated by Dutch film maker Marten Slothouwer and is being conducted in cooperation with BPKEL.
Eyes on Leuser is funded by:
Prins Bernhard Fund For Nature
NVD Natuurbeschermingsfonds (NNBF) (Dutch zoo conservation fund)
Nederlandse Neushoorn Stichting