International Tiger Project - Project Leaders
Dr Peter Pratje
Peter was born in 1962 in Hanover, Germany. He is a trained wildlife and conservation biologist and has MSc in Biology and PhD in Conservation Biology. Peter is also a trained wildlife ranger. Peter is the Project leader of the Sumatran orangutan release programme in the Bukit Tigapuluh (BTP) ecosystem, run by Frankfurt Zoological Society. The Wildlife Protection Units in BTP, overseen by Peter, play a vital role in protecting the habitat of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger.
Peter was passionate about nature and wildlife from an early age. As a student, he travelled to South East Asia including Indonesia to visit national parks and conservation programmes. Whilst Peter was in the final phase of his PhD, he applied to be the project leader at the orangutan reintroduction project in Sumatra, run by Frankfurt Zoological Society. Peter was successful in obtaining this position and has now worked there for over ten years.
Peter spends most of his time in management and supervision of several project components. He is also involved with strategic planning, negotiating and mitigating, presentations and running training courses. Peter greatly enjoys spending time in the field. His dedication to protecting the precious habitat of Bukit Tigapuluh and the Sumatran tiger is inspiring.
Alex was born 1982 in picturesque southern Germany close to the Swiss and Austrian Alps. After having travelled to different regions of the world including Eastern Europe, South and Central America, Northern and Southern Africa, Alex now lives and works in Indonesia where he is responsible for the design and implementation of the Elephant Conflict Mitigation Unit (ECMU) project in Bukit Tigapuluh.
Alex has loved nature since his early childhood and spent much of his life exploring and enjoying it. Although being a formally trained scientist, his prime interest was always to protect nature and not merely to research it. Since 2008, Alex has focused on the conservation of the Sumatran tiger and its habitat.
“I believe that tiger conservation is important because their huge requirements in terms of space and their popularity make them a perfect flagship species for nature conservation. Saving tiger habitat will automatically save the habitat for many other fascinating endangered species such as Sumatran elephants, Sumatran orangutans, and clouded leopards. All efforts will help protect the remaining precious and highly diverse Sumatran lowland forest itself.”
"It is possible to stop the ongoing destruction of the remaining wildlife and wild areas, but we have to act immediately and put all our strength in it,” says Alex.