TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The West Sumatra National Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) together with a team from the ARSARI Djojohadikusumo Foundation on Monday announced that they have reintroduced two Sumatran tiger siblings; Putra Singgulung and Putri Singgulung.
The West Sumatra BKSDA chief, Erly Sukrismanto, explained that the reintroduction program subjected a natural forest area that was kept classified from Thursday to Friday. He only said that the exact location is an eight-hour walk.
“Despite the challenges, we are overjoyed to carry out the mandate of the Environment and Forestry Ministry’s directorate general of natural resources and ecosystem conservation upon reintroducing endangered wildlife to its original habitat,” wrote Erly Sukrismanto in a written statement on November 30.
The two Sumatran tigers were initially rescued from the Solok Regency in June this year after locals reported the endangered animals had been trapped in a manmade trap. The BKSDA assures that the tigers are physically and capable of reentering the wild.