In case you missed the last newsletter you can click here to read the July 13 issue.
November 2012 fundraiser – Thank you for your support
Late last year, the Karma Cats team held a fundraiser in Brisbane to raise much needed funds to support an amazing group in Sumatra who run patrols to protect tigers (and other animals) from poachers and illegal loggers. The fundraiser was a huge success and a lot of fun. Thank you to everyone who attended and made the night so special. Together, we have made a HUGE difference.
We raised enough money for Debbie and her team in Sumatra to buy two new motorbikes for patrols, put $1,200 towards a van to help carry the rangers and their equipment, two GPS units to help navigation, a couple of small still cameras and a handi-cam. You can see the photos of the flash new bikes, van and the guys playing with the new GPS units (they look like phones but are actually GPS)! With these new bikes, the rangers will be able to cover much larger areas than patrols on foot, so they will make a huge difference… thank you so much.
Pelestarian Harimau Sumatera Kerinci Sebiat Conservation Group
For those of you who couldn’t join us, here is some information on the team in Sumatra we will continue to support. Pelestarian Harimau Sumatera Kerinci Seblat is a conservation group that was founded in 2000. They were created with the goal to detect, prevent and deter tiger poaching activities in and around Kerinci Seblat National Park in Sumatra and to assist the Park in protecting tiger habitat and prey species. The National Park covers approximately 13,000 km2 and is one of the most important tiger habitats in the world and possibly the most important in South East Asia.
There are only approximately 300 – 400 Sumatran Tigers left in the wild and there are more than 166 tigers within Kerinci Seblat National Park itself, and approximately another 40 living in the threatened forests on the park’s borders. This means that about half (206) of all Sumatran Tigers are living in or bordering Kerinci Seblat National Park. The two biggest threats tigers face today are habitat destruction and poaching for their body parts for use in traditional Asian medicines. Poaching is often inhumane with the use of snares and poisoning resulting in agonizing deaths for the animals.