Second Chance for Trafficked Sumatran Tigers Leony and Eva

Update posted by Kartini Pouchous On Mar 03, 2017

Dear Friends,

Since I last wrote in October, I wish to give you one final update on the campaign that I launched in June 2016 to help ASTI taking care of Leony and Eva.

The campaign has now ended, but I am pleased to report that it has continued to receive generous support, including from the Belgian Embassy in Indonesia which has graciously donated Rp 35 million (USD 2,627) from the profits generated by its annual Best of Belgium bazaar held last November. In total, the campaign has raised USD 8,176.52, which represent a bit more than 60% of the campaign target. I cannot thank you enough for helping me bringing the campaign that far!

As for Leony and Eva, they are both doing well. They will be moving to Sumatra in the next few months to a new facility in which each of them will occupy a large (1 hectare) enclosure. It is anticipated that Leony will be ready to be released to the forest a year or so after moving to Sumatra. The large new rehabilitation enclosure on the ASTI site, finished a couple of months ago, will be used for a new tiger rescued from the Jakarta/West Java area. ASTI is also working on building a clinic for tigers injured in the wild by poachers. This clinic is being built in tiger habitat in Bengkulu Province, Sumatra, with funding support from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). A partnership agreement was signed recently between the Natural Resource Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of Bengkulu Province and ASTI. For more information on this project, please read: https://m.tempo.co/read/news/2017/01/31/061841490/bengkulu-akan-buka-klinik-pengobatan-harimau-sumatera

You can continue to follow Leony and Eva’s progress as well as ASTI’s other work on ASTI’s twitter page (@ASTIndonesia) and on Facebook (https://facebook.com/AnimalSanctuaryTrustIndonesia/) pending the re-launch of their website which was hacked late last year. You can also continue supporting them through their online funding campaign page: https://simplygiving.com/nonprofit/animalsanctuarytrustindonesia

Again, my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have contributed to this campaign and helped disseminating it! Allow me to also wish you all the very best for the year 2017 and Rooster Year! (better late than never!)

ASTI stand at Best of Belgium Bazaar, 19 November 2016:

ASTI stand at Best of Belgium Bazaar, 19 November 2016

ASTI stand at Best of Belgium Bazaar, 19 November 2016

Tiger facility in Bengkulu, Sumatra where Leony and Eva will soon be transferred to:

Tiger clinic and release area, Bengkulu, Sumatra





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Update posted by Kartini Pouchous On Oct 14, 2016

Greetings from Jakarta! I trust this third update finds you all in good shape!

As reported in my last update, this campaign has had a good start, with US $4,068 raised within two months. ASTI and I cannot thank you enough for your generous donations!

‘match grant’ this campaign, by contributing US$1 for every US$1 donated by other donors. This match grant will run until 23 December 2016. ASTI and I are very excited about this kind offer, and hopefully profits from this match grant campaign will allow ASTI to get more food as a nice Christmas gift for Leony and Eva! We count on your support, and please spread the word!



In the meantime, Leony and Eva continue to be fed and well taken care of by ASTI’s dedicated team. ASTI has also made great progress with Leony’s new home (see picture below). The metal structure of the rehab cage has been completed, and ASTI is now starting on painting the metal bars and working on the inside of the cage. Leony is expected to move into her new home early in 2017.

(Photo credit: ASTI, 2016)

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Update posted by Kartini Pouchous On Sep 04, 2016

Hello again!

Since its launch two months ago, I’m pleased to report that the campaign for rescued Sumatran tigers Leony and Eva has raised a total of US$4,068, thanks to the support of additional donors! One behalf of ASTI, I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to all of you!

Thanks to your great generosity, ASTI is able to continue feeding Leony and Eva with nutritious meals. ASTI provides them with as much variety of meat as possible, including chicken, beef and goat. With this diet, both tigers have remained healthy, and for a long time they have not needed any medical treatments. In the future, as they progress with their rehabilitation, Leony and Eva will need to be fed wild pig and deer so that they lose their taste for farm animals.

Eva eating carcass

Leony eating carcass

(Photo credit: ASTI)

While ASTI works on keeping the tigers healthy, I’m pleased to report that ASTI is also making good progress (despite the rain that hasn’t stopped!) with the construction of a new enclosure for the first steps towards tiger rehabilitation. This enclosure is being built with separate funding support received earlier this year from a number of different donors. The rehabilitation enclosure will measure approximately 9m x 5m, and will be equipped with a small paddock, trees, a pond, raised area for jumping and a platform for resting. At one end there will be a holding cage for feeding and medical examinations/treatments, and another resting platform. The photos below show the construction steps completed so far, from digging the foundations to starting the brick work and building the holding cage/examination room. The metal work and welding for the fencing and roof of the outdoor paddock is now underway. When the new enclosure is ready, Leony will be the first tiger to move into it for more focused rehabilitation that will consist of more exercise, greater distance from people, more natural enclosure enrichment and gradual introduction of wild meats.

This is all that I can report for now. Again, BIG, BIG thanks to all of you, and please do continue to spread the word to your family, friends, colleagues…or even to your dentist or ‘cream bath’ therapist (Indonesians or those living in Indonesia will know what I refer to :))! Hopefully, with additional support, this campaign can reach half of its target by next month, and Leony and Eva can continue to progress with their rehabilitation as well-fed and healthy tigers!


(Photo Credit: ASTI)

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Update posted by Kartini Pouchous On Jul 25, 2016

Hello again!

Today marks exactly one month since I launched this fundraising campaign to support ASTI in taking care of Leony and Eva, two rescued Sumatran female tigers; and I’m excited to report that a bit more than US$ 2,400 has so far been raised! This covers two months of food and health care for the two tigers. As ASTI would say, this is ‘TIGERRIFIC’! :)))

Eva - Source: ASTI

Together with Leony, Eva and the entire team of ASTI, I would like to say many, many thanks to all those who have already generously donated and/or spread the word about this campaign. This is very much appreciated. But the campaign doesn’t stop here, and ASTI needs more support to continue their work! Every single donation goes a long way to making sure that Leony and Eva stay healthy and can progress with their rehabilitation programme, so that they have a chance to return to their habitat in Sumatra and hopefully contribute to the expansion of the Sumatran tiger population by reproducing. Every tiger that ASTI can rescue and return to Sumatra will take us a small step closer to saving what are undeniably among the most beautiful animals in the world!

Tigers used to roam the forests of Bali and Java, but sadly they lost the battle in these two locations, becoming extinct in the early 1950s and mid-1970s because of habitat degradation/loss and hunting. From a sustainable development point of view, the disappearance of tigers have much wider implications than just the extinction of one more species on this planet. Indeed the existence and maintenance of a healthy tiger population means a healthy ecosystem; as top predators, tigers control the populations of herbivores which in turn means that vegetation is not over-grazed and all elements of the ecosystem remain in the proper balance for the good and sustainability of not just the fauna and flora that surround us, but also for our own good! If our forests are healthy, then we humans stand to benefit from the many ecosystem services they provide. These services are vital to our survival, as explained by the USDA Forest Service¹ with reference to the categories of ecosystem services set out in the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment²:

  • Provisioning Services or the provision of food, fresh water, fuel, fiber, and other goods
  • Regulating Services such as climate, water, and disease regulation as well as pollination
  • Supporting Services such as soil formation and nutrient cycling
  • Cultural Services such as educational, aesthetic, and cultural heritage values as well as recreation and tourism

If we allow tigers to disappear, what does this say about our abilities in the stewardship of our forests and of creatures with whom we share this planet? What does it say about our appreciation of the richness of nature and the way we value other life forms that are the guarantors of our own well-being and that of future generations? Join me to support ASTI in its work to ensure that tigers survive in Sumatra and not let them disappear as they did from Java and Bali. DONATE NOW for Leony and Eva and/or get your family/friends/colleagues to support this campaign!

Thank you again for your support!

¹ http://www.fs.fed.us/ecosystemservices/About_ES/index.shtml

² http://www.millenniumassessment.org/en/Index.aspx
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Wish the tigers freedom soon! So beautiful!!

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