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Eyes on Leuser a must-​see

pub­lished 15 Octo­ber 2012 | mod­i­fied 18 Decem­ber 2016

It is about time I’ll give some atten­tion to the Eyes on Leuser project. This con­ser­va­tion /​media project started in June 2011 and will prob­a­bly end this year. The project’s objec­tive is to cre­ate a video data­base of the excep­tion­ally rich bio­di­ver­sity of the Leuser ecosys­tem in North­ern Suma­tra, Indonesia.

Using video trail cam­eras the Leuser secre­tive inhab­i­tants could become film stars. The videos will pro­vide infor­ma­tion about Leuser’s species dis­tri­b­u­tion and move­ments of which we do not have detailed knowl­edge right now. They can be used for pro­mo­tion and aware­ness cam­paigns. More­over, they can sup­port con­ser­va­tion­ists activ­i­ties, such as lob­by­ing, cam­paign­ing or train­ing. But to achieve all this, expo­sure of the work of Dutch film maker Mar­tin Slothouwer — con­ducted in coop­er­a­tion with Leuser Ecosys­tem Man­age­ment Author­ity (BPKEL) — is essential.

I haven’t seen much of this project adver­tised, except for a recent arti­cle on mongabay​.com by Jeremy Hance, so I would like to make my con­tri­bu­tion to the expo­sure of the results of this project with this blog.

Some great footage can be seen on the project’s web­site, and one fine exam­ple here:

(Source: Eyes on Leuser, 2012)

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