• Mr. Franck Viault (Head of Cooperation), Ms. Marja Daffern (Deputy Head of Finance, Contracts and Audit) and Mr. Giovanni Serritella (Programme Manager for Environment, Climate change and FLEGT-VPA) of the EU Delegation to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN visited the base camp of the Elephant Patrol Unit (EPU), which is managed  and operated by LIF, at Aras Napal on Thursday, 16 April 2015. More

  • Seven of the world's rarest rhinoceroses have been found in a national park in Indonesia. This is the first time the creatures have been seen in 26 years. Deforestation is still pushing the Sumatran toward extinction.

    Hidden cameras buried deep in an Indonesian national park have snapped images of seven critically endangered Sumatran rhinos. The rhinos haven't been seen in more than a quarter of a century and conservationists had feared the Sumatran was extinct. But, six females and one male rhino are now known to live in the Mount Leuser National Park, which is on the northern tip of Sumatra. More

  • The Leuser Management Unit (LMU), while implementing the Leuser Development Programme (funded jointly by the EU and GoI), officially launched the Elephant Patrol Unit (EPU) in Aras Napal on 9 May 2000 and this was the first of its kind in Indonesia. More

  • The Conservation Response Unit (CRU) will mitigate human-elephant conflicts. This Unit has four trained elephants under the supervision of a mahout provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA). The project will support the initial cost for the infrastructure development of the CRU and also support its operational costs until 2016. The elephants will be supported and the local community will participate in monitoring wildlife conflicts and illegal forestry activities. More

  • Dr. Jamal Gawi, MES, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Leuser International Foundation, participated in a discussion on Tigers (Wildlife Protection Series) at @america Pacific Place in Jakarta on Wednesday, 1 October 2014. More


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The Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) is listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Although previously found throughout South-east Asia, its population is now restricted to reserves in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo (Zafir et al., 2011). After a gap of many years with no information on the existence of the Sumatran rhino, intensive surveys were done by the Leuser International Foundation (LIF) in cooperation with Gunung Leuser National Park agency (BBTNGL) in Gunung Leuser National Park area in 2011-2012 where they are known to exist. For the first time in many years the survey teams were able to gather clear evidence of the presence of these rhinos.

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The Restoration of the Singkil-Bengkung Wildlife Corridor

As once it was

In 1985 a visitor to Naca, a small group of huts in Southern Aceh could awake in the morning to the sounds of untold numbers of jungle fowl, pheasants, and Firebirds, whose calls echoed through the galleries of the neighboring forest. By day the trees would host apes such as orangutans, siamang, and gibbons, as well as numerous hornbills and flocks of colorful doves. Toward evening - especially during light rains, tigers could regularly be seen setting out on a hunt.

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Saving The Singkil Swamps

Swamps have, for a long time, held a mysterious allure in the popular imagination. Some consider them to be the abode of spirits while most perceive them as dangerous and unfit for human habitation. The swamps in the tropics are even more greatly feared, and with some justification, as they can breed diseases such as malaria and elephantiasis which can be deadly to man, and are often filled with dangerous animals such as great cats, crocodiles and giant snakes that can coil around and squeeze the life out of the unwary.

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Gaining recognition for the Leuser Ecosystem

Recognising a natural wonder

The Leuser Ecosystem is perhaps that only area in Southeast Asia with the size and mix of habitats that has a realistic chance of supporting viable populations of many of the endangered and charismatic species for which the region is so well known. Elephants, tigers, rhinos, orangutans, flying foxes, hornbills etc.

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The Battle for The Bengkung

pic5Few areas in Sumatra have the biological richness that the Bengkung river system had in the early 1980s. Few people had even been there, but those who managed to do so returned with stories of an unspoiled tropical forest paradise. The rivers teamed with fish and one could rest on a branch overhanging a deep pool in the Bengkung river and see layer upon layer of hundreds of large fish circling lazily in the shaded waters below. At night when the fish moved out to feed, gurgling sounds would emanate from the stony shallows as shoals of 10 kg Jurung fish nudged the boulders in search of shrimp and crustaceans that hid below.

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