Who we are and what we do
Rescue, rehabilitation and release
Sanctuary Trust Indonesia (ASTI), legal name Yayasan Alam Satwa Tatar
Indonesia, is a non-profit organization operating a rescue center in West Java, Indonesia for trafficked
animals belonging to Indonesian protected species. We take care of the animals
and get them started on a rehabilitation program so that they can eventually be
released back to the wild. We are currently taking care of approximately 80 animals, including cats (Sumatran
tigers, leopard cats), primates (gibbons, siamangs and monkeys), birds (eagles,
parrots, cassowary birds) and reptiles (crocodiles), all victims of poaching
and the illegal pet trade confiscated by the West Java Department of Natural Resources Management or handed over to us by private citizens. While we release the Javan animals ourselves, those needing
to return to other parts of Indonesia are relocated to species-specific rehabilitation centers
in their home range where they are prepared for release.
Our Sumatran tiger project (Click on the link at the bottom of this page - below the photo of Sumatran tiger Eva - to learn more about this project and to donate to help Sumatran tigers)
ASTI is also developing a project in Bengkulu, Sumatra, to help with protection and conservation of Sumatran tigers. These animals are critically endangered, with only about 500 remaining in the wild. Main threats to Sumatran tigers are habitat loss and poaching/trafficking. Sadly, they often get caught in traps set by the poachers. ASTI is building a clinic to take care of tigers rescued from these traps so that they have a chance to return to their habitat. We are also delivering a tiger conservation education program for members of the local community, to help raise awareness about the importance of Sumatran tigers in their ecosystem, and the need for all of us to work together to bring an end to poaching.