Park Ranger Arrested in Jambi on Tiger Skin Distribution Charge: Report


APRIL 15, 2015

Jakarta. The conservation agency in Jambi together with the province's police force detained two people on Wednesday for allegedly attempting to sell Sumatran tiger skin in Berbak National Park, according to a local media report.

Jambi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) said the arrests were the result of an investigation that began in November last year.

“We received information about tiger skin distribution and we waited in the national park. We detained the suspects at 1:20 a.m., along with the evidence,” Jambi BKSDA head Krismanko Padang told on Wednesday.

Police have identified the suspects only as Y and A. They said A was a park ranger.

Both suspects could face five years in jail or pay Rp 100 million ($7,739) fine if found guilty of violating a 1990 law on conservation.

The Sumatran tiger was made a critically endangered species in 2008. It is estimated that there are between 500-600 of the species left in the wild.