Stay Wild is a community based project to ensure the survival of the Sumatran tiger. Too often animals affected by deforestation and human conflict end up dead or in captivity for the rest of their lives.
Forest edge communities play an important role in protection of the ecosystem.
Tigers are the apex predator in the jungles of Sumatra and in North Sumatra they occupy the Gunung Leuser ecosystem. By protecting the tiger we are protecting the whole ecosystem.
The project primarily consists of regular jungle patrols and education programmes and will ultimately be managed by the community members themselves
We aim to build a lasting engagement that will foster the stewardship of the flora and fauna in North Sumatra, specifically around the Gunung Leuser Ecosystem. The key to saving the tiger and its habitat is through empowerment and education of the local people
Stay Wild will provide resources and opportunities for the forest-edge communities to explore other avenues of income and maximise potential of current forms of income.
The project begins in the village of Batu Katak, North Sumatra.
A typical day in the Wildlife Monitoring Programme
Weekdays: After the initial orientation, you will volunteer for roughly 4-6 hours per day. However, the wildlife monitoring programme is dynamic and things may change daily. The start times and daily workload varies but a typical morning schedule is as follows:
8:00 AM Volunteers wake up and have breakfast. Breakfast and all meals are vegetarian and served at the Bungalow. After breakfast volunteers begin trekking.
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Volunteers will monitor wildlife using GPS, use GPS to map the area, seek out new locations for camera traps, trek to the camera traps and change memory cards, data entry.
12:00-2:00 PM Lunch is served at the Bungalow. After lunch there will be a post trek meeting to discuss the days events and sort out a plan for the next day.
2:00 - 4:00 Some days there will be data entry and downloading the photos, recording data etc.
- Habitat Restoration
- Environmental Policy
- Environmental Education
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 2-16 Weeks
- Must be physically fit, environmentally conscious, willing to help in any way!