TNKS Patrol Team Does It Again
Patrol team of Kerinci Seblat National Park again showed its capability to capture illegal wildlife poacher. In collaboration with Mukomuko Resort Police, Bengkulu Province, the patrol team managed to arrest Sumatran tiger hunters and trader on Wednesday, 5 September 2018 at Bengkulu – Padang crossing, Bunga Tanjung Village, Teramang Jaya District, Mukomuko Regency.
Last month on August 14, the same team also managed to arrest 2 perpetrators at Jalan Bangko – Kerinci, Pulau Rengas Village, Merangin District, Jambi Province.
The suspect who was arrested this month was named Heri alias Ujang, a resident of Bunga Tanjung Village. Evidence found with perpetrator was one 135 cm long Sumatran tiger skin plus 4 kg of bones.
Sumatran tiger has important value in safeguarding forest ecosystems. As apex predators, Sumatran tigers balance populations of other animals. In other words, protecting tigers can protect forest and its biodiversity.
Head of Kerinci Seblat National Park, Drs. Tamen Sitorus, M.Sc., revealed that TNKS is one of tiger habitats and one of Sumatran tiger conservation areas.
“If tiger trade continues around TNKS area, this will be a loss for people around the TNKS area in particular, and people of Sumatra in general,” Tamen said. “Therefore, I request support from all communities and related parties to jointly conserve this endangered and protected by law species,” he added.