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Sumatran Carnivores Conservation Education & Outreach Program

The Sumatran Carnivore Conservation Outreach Program (SCCOP) was initiated by Kerinci Seblat National Park’s (KSNP) Forest Ecosystem Specialists (FES) in 2009 with support from the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Conservation Committee Fund as well as support from the Clouded Leopard Project. This program aims to interpret and communicate “research products” into general public language. The concept is to convert complex and high level research language into modest and easy to understand ways of communication for the public, especially the younger generations.

Sumatran Carnivores Conservation Education & Outreach Program

After the success of the Wild Cat Mural Competition and teach workshop in Sungai Penuh, Jambi Province, in 2010 a similar program was conducted in Bangko, Merangin District-Jambi Province in 2011. The workshop received a very positive response from the attendants who were mainly junior high school teachers. The teachers were encouraged to start their own conservation programs at their schools; the program is still communicating intensively with the attendants to track what activities they have been conducting with their students.

Sumatran Carnivores Conservation Education & Outreach Program Workshops that the SCCOP has planned have focused on:

  • How to improve teacher’s general understanding on Sumatran cranivores conservation, especially on wild cats on the island of Sumatra;
  • How to empower and utilize the Indonesian version of the teacher’s guide book as one of their conservation education tools in their own school.
  • To identify stakeholders; either government agencies, communities, or other elements to support the implementation of the SCCOP.
  • The sharing of conservation education outreach experiences among the teachers.


Sumatran Carnivores Conservation Education & Outreach Program

2012 saw the expansion of the Program into broader activities to not only communicate conservation to the general public but also to seek political support from the district government to include the SCCOP’s conservation education program into their existing program. In order to achieve this objective they will be conducting several activities: 1) a Bi-lingual (Indonesian-English) clouded leopard story book printing and distribution, 2) intensive workshops and meetings with school teachers and authorized education bodies, 3) school visits, 4) empower teachers and local youths as conservation education ambassadors and, 5) active community engagement elements to increase wild cat conservation profiles in Sumatra.

Sumatran Carnivores Conservation Education & Outreach Program