Perth Zoo is one of the largest funding partners of the Bukit Tigapuluh Wildlife and Ecosystem Protection program, led by the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) in Sumatra, Indonesia.
The program aims to protect the unique ecosystem and wildlife of Bukit Tigapuluh. A suite of community development, education, wildlife protection and related projects occur in Bukit Tigapuluh, including a world leading re-introduction program for Sumatran orangutan.
In 2009-10 Perth Zoo funded the construction of a Sanctuary to support the orangutan re-introduction program and two orangutans born at Perth Zoo were released into the Bukit Tigapuluh ecosystem in 2006 and 2011.
Perth Zoo provides ongoing financial support and advice to the operations of the FZS programs including local staffing costs, construction of infrastructure, wildlife patrols, education programs and funds for an elephant human conflict mitigation program. Perth Zoo staff regularly visit the program in Sumatra.
Funds for this program are raised through Perth Zoo’s community fundraising program, Wildlife Conservation Action, which also supports projects in Africa, Laos, Java, Papua New Guinea and Australia. In addition, Perth Zoo provides in-kind support through staff exchanges, training, education materials, specialist veterinary and animal husbandry advice.
Visit www.perthzoo.wa.gov.au/conservation/ for more information.