The only shelter for the Critically Endangered Sumatran tiger is the island of Sumatra, where fewer than 400 individuals are estimated to survive.
A consortium led by WWF Germany, in collaboration with WWF Indonesia, is working towards improving and strengthening the management of key sites within the Rimbang Baling Landscape, encompassing Rimbang Baling Wildlife Reserve, Bukit Batabuh Protection Forest and Bukit Bungkuk Nature Reserve, a key part of one of the Central Sumatra Tiger Conservation Landscapes. The landscape is critical to the long-term survival of Sumatran tigers as it serves as both a tiger source site and a critical corridor for tiger movement across the region.
A large project led by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Leuser Conservation Partners (FKL) targets four priority Tiger Conservation Landscapes (Leuser-Ulu Masen, Kerinci Seblat, Berbak-Sembilang and Bukit Barisan Selatan) in Sumatra. Together these cover 69,000 km2, which is 76% of remaining tiger habitat and >70% of the Sumatran tiger population. The project consortium is supporting the protection of these protected areas’ core areas, but also a sustainable landscape management across the 69,000 km2 and support livelihoods activities for the communities living in the vicinity of these sites.