Assessing the conservation status of tigers in West Sumatra
At c.3,000 km2 the Batang Hari Protection Forest (BHPF), west Sumatran, has the potential to contain a large Sumatran tiger population. Human-tiger conflict at the forest edge confirms tiger presence, but scientific data is lacking. The Forestry Department for BHPF have requested help to monitor tigers here. This proposal will: i) run a camera trap training workshop for Forestry rangers and Indonesian biology graduates; ii) implement the first scientific species monitoring programme for BHPF; and, iii) work with local media to increase awareness about the importance of BHPF. The overall goal is to develop a BHPF conservation management plan.