As a wildlife ranger, Abeng is the last line of defence for critically endangered species and threatened landscapes.
He remembers a time when tigers roamed freely around the forest near his home – now with fewer than 400 remaining in Sumatra, he is determined to protect those that are left.
"Not so long ago, our neighboring islands of Java and Bali had their own tigers too. But their forests were cleared for crops and timber, and their tigers were hunted relentlessly for their skins, teeth and bones. I believe their people are poorer due to the loss. I do not wish such a future for my island or for my family", says Abeng.
With support from WWF, Abeng and his team have reduced tiger poaching in Indonesia's '30 Hills' national park but 66 Sumatran tigers have been killed outside his area in recent years, so we know patrols without WWF's support have not had the same success.
From the forests of Indonesia, to the plains of Cambodia up to the mountainous regions of China, most wildlife rangers work in inhospitable conditions. Their jobs are dangerous, badly paid and exhausting, they have little in the way of equipment and often not enough food. Abeng is fortunate enough to have support from WWF. Not all wildlife rangers are so lucky.
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