Film about an international team of photographers gathered on the island of Sulawesi in partnership with the Alliance for Tompotika Conservation.

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Expedition Tompotika - Sulawesi

An international team of photographers gathered on the island of Sulawesi for a Tripods in the Mud photographic expedition in partnership with the Alliance for Tompotika Conservation / Aliansi Konservasi Tompotika (AlTo). Joining the effort were ILCP fellows Sandesh Kadur (India) and Kevin Schafer (USA) joined by Riza Marlon, a well-known Indonesian wildlife photographer. The mission focused on documenting biodiversity on the Tompotika Peninsula, a remote area in central Sulawesi, which like much of Indonesia is under threat from widespread habitat loss, uncontrolled hunting, and natural resource extraction.

Mount Tompotika rises to 1600 meters at the eastern tip of the central peninsula of the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Rich in tropical forests and surrounded by coral reefs, Sulawesi is also home to thousands of plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. Using sound science and creative methods, AlTo works directly with local Tompotikans and their government to effectively conserve Tompotika’s natural heritage.

The images gathered on this expedition will be used by AlTo to create awareness of their work to protect the habitat and to highlight the need for creation of a new forest reserve on the slopes of Mt. Tompotika, the highest peak in the region. Camera traps set in the forest captured endemic primates and rarely seen animals, while considerable effort was made to capture the breeding cycle of the endangered Maleo (Macrocephalon maleo) – a bird which lays its eggs to be incubated in the hot sands of the coastal beaches. Protection of the Maleo is a key AlTo program.

Aliansi Konservasi Tompotika (AlTo)

The Alliance for Tompotika Conservation / Aliansi Konservasi Tompotika (AlTo) is an international partnership of individuals and communities formed to build a better world, starting in one special place: the lands and waters surrounding Mount Tompotika, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Support Alliance for Tompotika Conservation / Aliansi Konservasi Tompotika

Producer
SANDESH KADUR

Editor / Post- Production
POOJA GUPTA

Photographers
KEVIN SCHAFER
RIZA MARLON
SANDESH KADUR

Music
`Echo of the Steppes`
`Sunda Javanese Gamelan`
KING MANDOR

Production Managers
MARCY SUMMERS
DUNCAN NEVILLE

Field Assistants
NOVAL SULING
AGUSTIAN LAYA
IPHAN DJANO
PANDJI KRESNO
ASPIN LAMERI


 

CLICK TO ENLARGE : CLICK TO ENLARGE : ENDANGERED MALEO MACROCEPHALON MALEO CLICK TO ENLARGE : WAGLER’S PIT VIPER – TROPIDOLAEMUS WAGLERI

At the end of the day what we do is help build awareness in places where although high in species and biodiversity, the local people would have little knowledge, access, or appreciation of what lives around them. Perhaps if we could get more people to ‘see’ whats around them, they would appreciate, value and thereby ‘want’ to protect what’s left.
At the end of the day what we do is help build awareness in places where although high in species and biodiversity, the local people would have little knowledge, access, or appreciation of what lives around them. Perhaps if we could get more people to ‘see’ whats around them, they would appreciate, value and thereby ‘want’ to protect what’s left.