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Sumatran Tigers. About The International Tiger Project (ITP)


That all tigers live in the wild in secure and viable populations.

Mission Statement

To promote the survival of tigers in their natural habitat by undertaking genuine, measurable and effective tiger conservation.

The International Tiger Project (ITP) is a not-for-profit project for tiger conservation, rainforest protection and local community partnerships, in order to protect and save the entire ecosystem and biodiversity of habitats shared by tigers. Run by The Orangutan Project (TOP) Board, ITP was formed to conserve the entire ecosystem of tigers in a holistic manner.

The organisation provides technical and financial assistance directly to on-the-ground conservation projects. The objectives of the ITP have many flow-on effects that both protect other Critically Endangered species, such as the orangutan, elephant, and rhinoceros, as well as indigenous communities and the remaining rainforest in Borneo and Sumatra.

Our major strategy is to monitor tigers with camera traps. We then have our Wildlife Protection Units patrol and work with local communities to see that both tigers and humans remain safe and live in harmony. Saving the rainforest is the single most cost-effective way to save our planet. Protecting the rainforest means protecting the lifeblood of our earth, and our vital stores of carbon.

The tiger’s rainforest habitat is disappearing at an unprecedented rate. Much of the forest that remains is degraded by drought, forest fires and illegal logging. Tragically, extinction in the wild for the Sumatran tiger is likely if we do not take immediate action.

For further information call 1300 733 273.

Leif Cocks


Leif is the founder of the International Tiger Project (ITP). He has worked with wildlife, including Sumatran tigers, for more than 27 years, as a curator and small population biologist. In respect to his professional, animal, human and financial management skills, Leif has been an Australasian Species Management Program Committee Member; a Quarantine-Approved Assessor; Australasian Husbandry Adviser; Zoo Accreditation Officer; UN GRASP in-country point of contact, an International Species Coordinator and Chair of a World Aquarium and Zoo Association global conservation program.

Leif has several academic qualifications, including a Masters of Science studying orangutans. He lectures at universities, is a seasoned public speaker, supervises university students and regularly publishes papers in peer reviewed journals. Leif also has enormous field experience in protecting rainforest, rescuing and releasing wildlife.

Leif’s years in the field have earned him respect within the conservation field. He has been a key player in developing conservation plans for Indonesia and influencing positive change for wildlife protection and survival. This respect has given the ITP parent organisation, The Orangutan Project (TOP), world standing in conservation.

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