These bracelets are made by a group of men from the village of Batu Rongring, on the edge of the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra, an area Auckland Zoo helps to protect through the Sumatran Ranger Project.
The rangers use a fern they call Pakis, to weave these intricate bracelets which we are selling on their behalf. The money goes directly to the community to help provide alternative income to poaching as well as to help fund The Sumatran Ranger Project forest patrols along the buffer zone of the Leuser Ecosystem. These ranger patrols provide better protection of the wildlife and habitat in this threatened environment that is of global significance. This is done through surveying the flora and fauna, reporting illegal activity, removing snares, mitigating human-wildlife conflict, education and helping identify and implement sustainable income alternatives.
The Leuser Ecosystem is the very last place on Earth where Sumatran tigers, orangutans, rhinos and elephants co-exist so it is vital that we help ensure a future for them. Poaching and palm oil are the biggest threats to these species and the rangers help by ensuring a constant presence in the forest and collection of valuable data that can be used to demonstrate the importance of this ecosystem.
Thank you for your support of this programme through the purchase of a bracelet.