Conservation Rhymes for Sumatran Tiger

“Orang Pitalah ladangnya luas. Berangkatnya pagi pulangnya senja. Harimau adalah binatang buas. Bisa menerkam kapan saja.

Sungai Limau ramainya Minggu. Ramai datang dari Sungai Sirah. Sepanjang harimau tidak terganggu. Maka dia tidak akan marah.

Ada tai lalat tumbuh di dagu.
Tidak hilang dimakan usia.
Kalau habitat harimau terganggu. Bisa mengancam kehidupan manusia.

Tangkap di muara si ikan bada. Ke pinggir pantai perahu berlayar. Harimau Sumatera masih ada. Walaupun ada perburuan liar.

Bila kerbau mandi di hulu.
Mandi berendam di antara batu. Eksistensi harimau ada sejak dahulu. Orang minang paham dengan itu.

Gunung Talamau berbatang sungkai. Burung murai memakan ulat.
Nama harimau terkadang dipakai. Dalam perguruan-perguruan silat.

Berdayung sampan orang Palinggam. Sampai ke pulau baru berhenti.
Ada harimau Pasaman ada harimau Agam. Ada harimau Pasisia dan harimau Panti.

Rasanya kanji tidaklah berbeda.
Semuanya enak untuk dimakan.
Harimau Kuranji juga ada.
Penamaan untuk mempertahankan kemerdekaan.

Pergi ke dangau di hari pagi. Nampak menjulai sidaun sagu. Eksistensi harimau dijunjung tinggi. “Inyiak” itu tidak diganggu.

Kunang-kunang di pohon enau. Pohon enau tumbuhnya rapat. Orang Minang sahabat harimau. Itu filosofi yang kita dapat.

Batang lampasi batang antokan. Di kiri kanan hutannya lebat. Upaya konservasi sudah dilakukan. Banyak pihak yang terlibat.

Dijual cepat dijual murah.
Tidak akan dapat kalau terlambat. Pemerintah Pusat dan Pemerintah Daerah. Swasta dan LSM ikut terlibat.

Daun beringin menyentuh tanah. Tempat bermain si murai batu. Kita tidak ingin harimau punah. Seiring dengan perjalanan waktu.

Kayu jati kayunya kuat.
Kayu jati tidaklah murah. Rencana aksi harus dibuat. Perburuan liar harus dicegah.

Tabuik Pariaman di akhir pekan. Ada yang datang dengan taksi. Buku pedoman segera terbitkan. Terus adakan sosialisasi.

Patah di patah si batang rotan.
Ujung ke ujung tolong ditahan.
Harus dicegah kebakaran hutan. Jangan sembarangan membuka lahan.

Ada lobang awas kesandung. Kalau melangkah janganlah ragu. Jangan ditebang hutan lindung. Inyiak balang bisa terganggu.

Pohon limau berduri-duri.
Tapi manis rasa buahnya. Semoga harimau tetap lestari. Lestari juga tempat tinggalnya.

Fungsi hutan jangan dialih.
Nanti Inyiak Balang bisa gaduh.
Cukup sekian dan terima kasih. Wassalamualaikum Warrahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.”

Those beautiful rhymes were delivered by Governor of West Sumatra Prof. Dr. H. Irwan Prayitno, S.Psi, M.Sc when opening West Sumatra Region Tiger Sumatran Tiger Conservation Strategy and Action Plan (SRAK) Public Consultation in Padang, between 18-19 September 2019. This Public Consultation was also attended by Director of KKH, Governor of West Sumatra, Head of Forestry Service West Sumatra, and Head of West Sumatra KSDA.

Irwan Prayitno opened the event by saying “Welcome to Ranah Minang,” The Land of Tiger “. In his speech Irwan stated, disruption of balance of living systems could bring unexpected impacts. For example, when tiger attacked human, this conflict is actually triggered by environmental damage.

Tiger and other animals have basic instinct in their lives. Animal will not interfere human space when the balance of ecosystem is maintained. Based on tiger instinct, human is not their prey. So if tigers attack human, there must be something that disturbs their life balance.

Practically speaking, tigers are actually men’s friends in their environment. Irwan recalled his experience when he and his team conducted a survey in Alahan Panjang – Sungai Baru road construction plan, tiger emerged as savior that guided the team out of the forest.

In other places, the absence of top predators – that balance the ecosystem – has resulted uncontrollable and widespread prey animal populations that in turns triggers disease outbreaks. Today farmers often complain that their gardens have been destroyed by wild boar. Human efforts to limit the population of wild boars did not succeed. This is a sign that human efforts in maintaining balance of nature has also failed.

Irwan added, from a spiritual standpoint, humans act as caliphs who protect nature. If humans do not succeed in carrying out their role, the environment will be damaged and it has an impact on humans.

Minang people really appreciate tigers, this is manifested, among others, using the tiger as the name of the martial arts institution and its moves. Tigers are also often called by the name of Inyek. The same call is used for elderly people, or respected people (officials, elders).

Tiger as a symbol in various forms of culture. This means that the tiger becomes something that is liked or close to the community, and not a hostile creature.

Conservation must be a part of behavior. Because if a tiger has been disturbed, it needs more effort to overcome it. “This action plan is an important document, but it is far more important how the plan is implemented. This requires commitment from the person in charge and the parties,” said Irwan.

West Sumatra, according to Irwan, has already proven its commitment to environmental preservation and is realized with real policies taken by the West Sumatra Regional Government.

Director of Biodiversity Conservation, Drh. Indra Explotasia, M.Sc, in her remarks conveyed that the last period of SRAK had ended in 2017. “We are still in the process of completing the renewal of SRAK, so it is certain that the next SRAK will start in 2019,” he said.

According to Indra, Indonesia is currently conducting a Sumatra Wide Tiger Survey to update the status of latest tiger distribution. “The Sumatran tiger is one of the icons of pride in Sumatra. It should become one of the considerations in regional planning, along with other Sumatran iconic species,” Indra said.

For this reason, “It is necessary to harmonize development efforts with actions to protect biodiversity in Sumatra which are actively developing. SRAK is a joint document, so that a sense of belonging is needed from each local government,” Indra said.

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