SUNGAI PENUH, 8 June 2022 – PT Agincourt Resources (PTAR), the operator of the Martabe Gold Mine, again supports the efforts to conserve Sumatran tigers through the release of two Sumatran tigers “Surya Manggala” and “Citra Kartini” to the Kerinci Seblat National Park (TNKS) on 7-8 June 2022.
This release is very unique because what is released is a Sumatran tiger cub from a parent who was cared for due to previous conflicts with humans in the wild. This is clear evidence of the success of world-class animal conflict management.
The release of “Surya Manggala” and “Citra Kartini” into natural habitats is the result of collaboration between the Persamuhan Bodhicitta Mandala Foundation in Medan (YPBMM) which manages the Sumatra Barumun Tiger Sanctuary, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry through the North Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Center (BBKSDA), and PTAR.
PTAR facilitated the release process by providing helicopters and competent pilots to carry “Surya Manggala” and “Citra Kartini” from Depati Parbo Airport, Sungai Penuh, Jambi, to the TNKS Core Zone in Kerinci District, Jambi. The two were translocated to TNKS using a helicopter using the longline method – the cage was suspended 60 meters from the helicopter’s body.
PTAR President Director, Muliady Sutio, stated that PTAR’s support in releasing the Sumatran tiger is part of the company’s commitment to continue a fundamental, structured, and collaborative environmental management program with all stakeholders.
“We continue to strive to provide benefits to all stakeholders, including in terms of environmental and biodiversity conservation, community empowerment, and environmental health and safety. Sumatran Tiger Conservation is one of them,” said Muliady.
Meanwhile, the Acting Head of the North Sumatra BBKSDA, Irzal Azhar, expressed his appreciation to all parties who have supported the survival of “Surya Manggala” and “Citra Kartini” since they were in the Barumun Sumatran Tiger Sanctuary until they were released to TNKS. He hopes that the two tigers will be able to survive in their natural habitat after being released into the wild.
“When “Surya Manggala” and “Citra Kartini” were inside the Barumun Sumatran Tiger Sanctuary, the North Sumatra BBKSDA has received support from the Bodhicitta Mandala Association Foundation Medan (YPBMM), TFCA Sumatra, PT Agincourt Resources, and medical observations by veterinarians,” said Irzal.
For about 3.5 years “Surya Manggala” and “Citra Kartini” were cared for naturally with their mothers at the Sumatra Barumun Tiger Sanctuary. They are the result of breeding from the mothers who were victims of wildlife conflicts named “Gadis” and “Monang”.
“Surya Manggala” and “Citra Kartini” were declared healthy and ready to be released into their natural habitat after undergoing a series of preparation stages, starting with daily behaviour observations, behavioural analysis, to health examinations.
TNKS was chosen as the release location for “Surya Manggala” and “Citra Kartini” because it has sufficient food for Sumatran tigers and is considered an ideal habitat. The location of the core zone of the TNKS area is also far from community settlements.
The largest national park on the island of Sumatra has an unbroken series of ecosystem types of lowland forest, mountains, natural tropical pine forests, peat swamp forests, freshwater swamps, and lakes. In TNKS there are more than 371 species of birds, more than 85 species of mammals, 7 species of primates, 6 species of amphibians, and 10 species of reptiles. The two key species that are the focus of management are the Sumatran tiger and the Sumatran elephant.
Commitment to Support Biodiversity
PTAR Vice President Director, Ruli Tanio, added that PTAR’s commitment to tiger conservation has not only happened this time but was already carried out before, in November 2020. At that time, PTAR facilitated the release of the Sumatran tiger “Sri Nabila” in Gunung Leuser National Park, Aceh.
In addition, PTAR also supports the Sumatra Barumun Tiger Sanctuary in the form of donations of animal transport vehicles and operational support, especially those used to fulfil animal nutrition.
“We continue to coordinate and collaborate with local governments, authorities, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders in North Sumatra and South Tapanuli, particularly in Batangtoru, to identify the best conservation programs. Thus, PTAR can maximally help preserve tropical rain forests,” said Ruli.
He emphasized that PTAR always pays attention to sustainable environmental management by continuously minimizing operational impacts on biodiversity in the Batangtoru forest. The efforts made are rehabilitation, reclamation, and replanting. Before clearing land, PTAR will ensure that no protected flora and fauna are disturbed by conducting comprehensive monitoring and surveys.
PTAR’s strong commitment to managing the environment and preserving biodiversity is proven through a number of awards. In June 2022, PTAR received the Best (Significant Achievement) award at the Indonesia Sustainable Business Award of 2022 initiated by Global Initiatives and PwC Singapore and Indonesia for the Land Use & Biodiversity category. This award is given for PTAR’s commitment to the rehabilitation and restoration of forest ecosystems in a sustainable manner.
In addition, PTAR won an award from the Directorate General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry at the end of 2021 for PTAR’s participation in caring for and releasing the Sumatran tiger Sri Nabila to Gunung Leuser National Park, Aceh.
Martabe Gold Mine Overview
The Martabe Gold Mine is managed and operated by PT Agincourt Resources. The mining area covers an area of 30 km² which is under the sixth generation Contract of Work (COW) with a total area of 1,303 km². The Martabe Gold Mine is located on the west side of the island of Sumatra, Batang Toru Sub-district, North Sumatra Province.
The Martabe Gold Mine began full production on 24 July 2012 and has a resource base as of 30 June 2021, reached 7.5 million ounces of gold and 66 million ounces of silver. The operating capacity of the Martabe Gold Mine is more than 6 million tonnes of ore per year to produce more than 300,000 ounces of gold and 2-3 million ounces of silver per year. PT Agincourt Resources involves more than 3,000 employees and contractors, around 99% of whom are Indonesian citizens, and more than 70% are from local villages.
PT Danusa Tambang Nusantara (PTDTN) is a 95% shareholder of PT Agincourt Resources. PTDTN is a subsidiary of PT United Tractors Tbk. of 60% and PT Pamapersada Nusantara of 40%, as well as being part of the PT Astra International Tbk business group. The 5% shares is owned by the Government of South Tapanuli District and North Sumatra Province.
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Photo 1: PTAR Vice President Director Ruli Tanio (second from left), PTAR External Relations Director Sanny Tjan, Acting Head of North Sumatra BBKSDA Irzal Azhar, medical team drh. Anhar Lubis, and Suhu Biksu Nyana Pratama Maha Stavira from YPBMM were also present in the process of releasing a pair of Sumatran tigers to the Kerinci Seblat National Park, 7-8 June 2022. Doc: PTAR.
Photo 2: The process of releasing the Sumatran tiger “Surya Manggala” and “Citra Kartini” at Depati Parbo Airport, Sungai Penuh, Jambi Province Doc: PTAR.
Photo 3: Sumatran tiger “Surya Manggala” which is in a cage carried by Agincourt Resources helicopter using the longline method. Doc: PTAR.
Photo 4: PTAR facilitates the release of the Sumatran tiger by providing helicopters, pilots, and other operational needs. Using the longline method, the helicopter flies a suspended cage of 60-metre long. Doc: PTAR.
Photo 5: Sumatran tiger “Citra Kartini” ready to be released into the Kerinci Seblat National Park Doc: PTAR.