About Us

Stay Wild is a community based project working to conserve the Sumatran tiger and the Leuser eco-system. Forest edge communities play an extremely important role in the protection of the ecosystem. Stay Wild is based in Batu Katak, a small community on the edge of the national park and a 200ha Karst forest (in the unprotected park bufferzone) which is being threatened by mining.

Check out our work and potential volunteer opportunities on Instagram: @staywildtiger


ASAP Species That We Work On

What We Do

In order to save this important area from destruction we are providing opportunities, resources and knowledge to all the small communities living around the karst forest. We have a wildlife monitoring program involving camera trapping and border patrols and these activities are undertaken by a team of local community members. Camera checks and border patrols are done once a month on alternate fortnights. At the conclusion of our 2 year camera trapping project we will publish a report on the wildlife using the karst forest area as support for protecting it from being mined. We will share our data with any other conservation organisations interested to maximise protection efforts.

We provide free English and environmental lessons to the children. Currently we have English lessons in 3 communities several times a week with demand for more. We focus the environmental aspect on the importance of bats and birds to agriculture and the ecosystem, so they understand why these need protecting for their future.

We have a tree planting program in the Lesuer buffer zone area to provide additional food for wild animals and help prevent any human wildlife conflict. We are also involved in helping to reforest areas of illegal encroachment in the national park.

Tourism is already a source of income for some people in this area. We wish to support this and provide guidelines on sustainable levels of tourism that have minimal disturbance on the area. We are in the process of compiling best practice standards for tourism in caves to protect this precious ecosystem.

Our overall goal is to empower the communities with knowledge, alternate sources of income and ways to maximise current income, so they don’t need to further encroach into the karst forest or undertake any hunting activities there or in the national park.

We also have a volunteer program! - Wildlife monitoring or Teaching (or a combination of both) Numbers are strictly limited especially during our camera checking dates and border patrols to minimise disturbance in the forest.

Where We Work

Stay Wild is based in Batu Katak, a small community on the edge of the Gunung Leuser national park and a 200ha Karst forest (in the unprotected park bufferzone) in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Contact Details

Vanessa Rowe
Jl.Utama Bahorok-Batu Katak, Kec, Lau Damak, Kec. Bohorok, Kabupaten Langkat, Sumatera Utara 20774, Indonesia

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Photo Credits

Featured photo: Stay Wild - Tiger Protection Trust