DHARMASRAYA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Leony, an eight-year old female Sumatran tiger currently in a 2,500 m2 rehabilitation enclosure, will have the opportunity to return to the wild through a rehabilitation program. Leony was confiscated from illegal owners, and entrusted to be taken care of at the Animal Sanctuary Trust Indonesia (ASTI) transit center in Gadog, West Java, since February 2010.
Indonesia initially had three species of tigers, and two of the three species of tigers have been declared extinct , namely the Balinese tiger (1940s) and Javanase tiger (1980s). Only Sumatran tigers remain in Indonesia, in which its population in nature according to the latest study is estimated around 600 tails.
To increase the population of endangered animals, the government through the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, has inaugurated the Sumatran Tiger Rehabilitation Center in Dharmasraya (PRHSD) in Dharmasraya. The Sumatran tiger rehabilitation center is built on lands owned by Tidar Kerinci Agung in Dharmasraya, West Sumatera, with total rehabilitation area of 10 hectares.
"This is the first time, I inaugurated a rehabilitation center initiated by the private sector," said Siti Nurbaya, Minister of Environment and Forestry on Sunday (7/30/2017).
Hashim Djojohadikusumo , the founder of PRHSD, explains that PRHSD's aim is to contribute to conservation efforts while keeping the Sumatran Tiger's right to re-live in its natural world.
"The goal is to preserve the Sumatran Tigers, and the next step is to increase the number of tigers," Hashim said.
PRHSD consists of rehabilitation cages that are built very similar to the Sumatran Tiger's native habitat in a total area of 10 hectares. In the early stages of construction, two rehabilitation enclosures of 50 x 50 meters each are equipped with a 1.5 x 3 meter flipchain and two 9 x 6 meter treatment enclosures. Development at a later stage is planned in a larger rehabilitation enclosure area, with a size of approximately 1 hectare each.