In September 2016, Tod Emko and Julie Henry went to Sumatra, and were astounded by the amazing people and wildlife stories they came across. The devastation wrought by deforestation raging across the UN World Heritage Site in Sumatra is almost beyond comprehension. But the locals there have been working on the solution this entire time. And it’s about time their stories are told.
This is the trailer to the documentary “Saving Wild Sumatra” coming out late 2017, about the conservationists, teachers, farmers, government ministry, and even poachers, who want to dedicate the rest of their lives to saving their island.
Darwin Animal Doctors works with the local communities in Sumatra to save animals from poaching and the illegal wildlife trade.We are currently raising funds to rehabilitate all the sick and injured wildlife possible in the Leuser Ecosystem United Nations World Heritage Site.DONATE
Top Center middle are Tod Emko and Julie Henry
Our overall goal is to build a rehabilitation center in Sumatra and provide humane education to the local communities about wildlife conservation. Donors like you help make our project in Sumatra possible. Donate today and help us save precious and endangered wildlife!
Climate change may get the spotlight when it comes to environmental concern but there are plenty of other issues to go around.
Here are a few of the latest reports
The Union of Concerned Scientists has reported that four commodities — palm oil, beef, soy and wood products — are responsible for the majority of tropical deforestation.
“Deforestation due to cattle production, largely occurring in Latin America, makes beef responsible for more than five times more tropical deforestation than soy and more than twice the deforestation of the three other commodities combined in the leading commodity-producing tropical nations,” stated Union spokesman Craig Noble.
To counter claims that the red wolf, reintroduced to eastern North Carolina in 1987, had eaten all the deer in that area, the Wildlands Network environmental group set up motion-sensitive wildlife cameras at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.
“The captured images available (at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/redwolfreality/albums) reveal an astounding density of large wildlife species: red wolves, deer, black bears, bobcats, coyotes and even the occasional wild turkey,” said Ron Sutherland, a conservation scientist with Wildlands Network.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates there are only 50 to 75 red wolves left in the wild.
Leopards have lost 75 percent of their historic range across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, a new study has reported, according to the Associated Press.
“The big cats are threatened by spreading farmlands, declining prey, conflict with livestock owners, trophy hunting and illegal trade in their skins and teeth,” the AP’s Michelle Faul noted.
Guillaume Chapron, associate professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Science, said the study’s findings come as a shock “as leopards were often believed to be more adaptable to human impacts…than other species such as tigers and lions.”