It’s been quite a while in the making and the last few months have been a bit frantic trying to reach the finish line of funding the latest in a set of co-op projects I am establishing. In February I applied for funding with Rufford to implement a camera trap project in conjunction with the great NGO here in Sumatra named Vesswic (Veterinary Society for Sumatran Wildlife Conservation). The project is to incorporate camera traps inside the TWA Seblat conservation area to assist with the elephant patrols that protect the conservation area from encroachment and poaching of the endangered and protected wildlife that inhabit the forests. It’s with great pleasure that I can say that the funding has been approved for this project and is set to begin. It’s my first application for funding a conservation based project and I couldn’t have done it without help from some amazing colleagues who helped make it possible too.
I have had the great pleasure of following the patrol unit twice into the TWA Seblat Conservation Area and each time it blows me away even more. There is such a plethora of wildlife to be documented within and the more we document the better job the patrol unit can do to protect the conservation area.
After committing so much (well everything) to help in the fight to save Bona it seems only fitting to take the next step and help the bigger picture and work towards saving her species too. So very shortly I will be happy to bolster up my current documentation of the Elephant’s of Sumatra with a new camera trap project for the Vesswic NGO to help protect and save the critically endangered elephants of Sumatra.