The Tiger House is an education and information centre promoting the protection of the rainforest and its wildlife, with special focus on the Sumatran Tiger. Located outside Batu Katak, close to the entrance of the Gunung Leuser National Park, it is well situated to provide information to tourists and local people about conservation issues, sustainable forest use, and safe and appropriate behaviour in the forest.
Inaugurated on 23rd January 2016,the Tiger House comprises a public information centre on the ground floor, alongside an office for the use of the NGO’s Yayasan Hutan Untuk Anak (YHUA) and Forest For Children (FFCh) and also a bathroom, kitchen and storage area. On the first floor are 4 small rooms for the accommodation of up to 8 staff or volunteers and a covered terrace that will be used as a classroom for the children of Batu Katak.
The Tiger House is on a piece of land 20 x 40 metres and we are gradually landscaping it to create a tropical garden with information boards for visitors. Vegetable gardening is not common on the island and we have ideas for a demonstration plot also showing composting techniques.
Tiger House Objectives
To create awareness of the importance of conservation through our education program and to teach young people to respect nature. By focusing on the problems faced by the Sumatran Tiger we hope to improve understanding of the whole ecosystem and safeguard its biodiversity for future generations. The children will learn English and follow the environmental education program My Friend Tiger.
To protect wildlife by informing local people and tourists about the extremely damaging effects of poaching and the illegal trade in wild animals. We encourage locals to tell us in confidence if they have suspicions of where poachers are operating. The Tiger House works in cooperation with Indonesian NGO YHUA and the Gunung Leuser National Park authorities to enforce the national laws.
To prevent retaliatory killing of tigers by local people who have lost livestock. Suspected incidents can be reported to the team at the Tiger House, and they will be swiftly investigated and compensation paid where necessary.
To promote the efficient recycling or disposal of waste materials from the local area. The newly established Batu Katak village waste disposal system is coordinated from the Tiger House.
For the Tiger House to be an example of practical environmental conservation, supported by the local community.
Friends of the Sumatran Tiger
This program aims to prevent retaliatory killing of tigers after suspected attacks. The investigative team, comprised of members of Tiger Commando and YHUA, will respond quickly to incidents in the Bohorok district, photograph the scene, take statements, offer advice and reassure those involved that compensation will be made for their loss, if appropriate. Incidents involving tigers locally are not common, but fear of them causes many unnecessary tiger deaths.
Tiger House opening hours
The information centre is open to the public:
Mon – Sat 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Closed on Sunday.
The youth education program currently runs on Mon / Wed / Fri afternoons and is free to local children.
Tiger House running costs
The monthly running costs of Tiger House are approximately 4,500,000 Rp.
- Salaries and wages: teacher, secretary, guard 2,900,000 Rp
- Electricity 500,000 Rp
- Cleaning and laundry 600,000 Rp
- Waste program 500,000 Rp
The projected yearly costs are 54,000,000 Rp (about £2,800).
This figure does not include educational materials for the children.
The construction of the Tiger House