Tiger Landscapes: Southern Riau
Last tiger stronghold in IndonesiaTwo priority tiger landscapes are located in Riau province, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra: Tesso Nilo and Kerinci-Bukit Barisan Selatan.
In addition, large-scale habitat conversion to commercial plantations is rapidly eating away natural forests. Illegal logging is also prevalent in much of Sumatra, with local pulp and paper mills relying heavily upon fibre collected from tropical rainforests.
Unless an end is brought to rampant habitat loss and the illegal trade in tiger parts, Indonesia may lose its last remaining tiger species.
WWF's work on tiger conservation in Sumatra includes:
- Anti-poaching and conflict mitigation efforts
Patrols respond to reports of human-tiger conflict and captured tigers, and work to sensitize communities about living with tigers.
- Tiger monitoring
Through camera traps and other research, we are working to identify and map tiger habitat, prey, and critical corridors in the Tesso Nilo Landscape.
- Land-use planning
WWF-Indonesia is working in Riau province to design land-use plans that incorporate critical wildlife habitat.
- Habitat protection
WWF successfully lobbied corporate partners and the state government to declare Tesso Nilo a protected area. This is probably the last remaining block of lowland tropical rainforest for tigers in Sumatra.