A Northland-based animal activist is calling on conservation travellers to accompany her to Indonesia for real life patrols and 'camera-trapping' the endangered Sumatran tiger.
Raw Wildlife Encounters (RAW) and Stay Wild are offering an exclusive eight-day Tiger Patrol Adventure that begins with the rainforest of Batu Katak in north Sumatra, home of the elusive tiger.
Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary zoo keeper Vanessa Rowe will lead the adventure that runs from April 11 to 18.
Six positions are up for grabs and the cost per person is A$1850 ($1970) single and A$1790 twin share. Flights, insurance and visa costs are separate.
"On your travel journey, you'll get a taste of what is involved in protecting the Sumatran Tiger; as you meet the forest rangers who are working at the frontline to save the species within the Gunung Leuser National Park," the park said.
Those who go will accompany members of a jungle patrol team, collect camera traps, witness wildlife in their natural habitat, record their observations and camp in rainforest.
With experienced local field guides, the park said the group of travellers would explore parts of Sumatra that only few have seen.
Conservation travellers will participate in real life forest patrol, collect evidence of illegal activities and learn what it is like to be a forest ranger, collect camera traps and record animals in the photos.
They will also learn how to collect and record data, search for wild Sumatran orang-utans, elephants, the endemic Thomas Leaf monkey, Siamang gibbons and many birds and reptiles, which all live within tiger habitat.
The group will explore cave ecosystems within the jungle, go river tubing and swimming, and participate in and witness traditional community cultural activities.
Details of the adventure can be found at www.rawildlife.com.au/tour/tiger-adventure.
Stay Wild was formed in 2015 to provide resources for small communities in North Sumatra, to carry out activities that will ultimately protect the Sumatran Tiger.
One of the main activities of the programme will be regular tiger patrols by community members and forest rangers.
The patrols will provide a presence in the jungle and a deterrent to people wishing to undertake illegal activities.