The camera traps resulted in 404 photos of wild cats, including 226 of Sumatran tigers, 77 of Sunda clouded leopards, 70 of Asian golden cats, four of marbled cats, and 27 of leopard cats. Often conservationists use such numbers to estimate population sizes within a region.
"Unfortunately much of the natural forest area in the landscape is threatened by large scale clearance for industrial logging, pulp and paper, as well as illegal encroachment for palm oil plantation development," Aditya Bayunanda WWF-Indonesia's Coordinator for the Global Forest Trade Network Programme, was quoted as saying in the press release.
"The abundant evidence of these five wild cat species suggests that the concession licenses of companies operating in these areas, such as Barito Pacific, should be reviewed and adjusted according to Indonesian Ministry regulations, which state that concession areas with the presence of endangered species should be protected," he continued.
"WWF-Indonesia has also called on protection for areas bordering Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, either by expanding the park or managing it under the current forest ecosystem restoration scheme."