Raman Sukumar, PhD
Advisor of JTEF
Dr Sukumar is well known as the elephant expert of Asia. He is Professor and Chair of Centre for Ecological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and has also authored several popularly and academically acclaimed books on the Asian elephant. He is Chairman and Managing Trustee of the Asian Nature Conservation Foundation (ANCF), a partner organisation of Wildlife Trust of India (WTI). Dr Sukumar was Chairman of the IUCN SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group, Steering Committee member of Project Elephant, GOI and a member of the Indian Board for Wildlife.
"Even though the wild elephant is not found in Japan, the Japanese people have traditionally been highly fascinated by this animal. The gift of an elephant to the Tokyo Zoo by the former Indian Prime Minister Nehru was cause for much celebration in your country. I earnestly appeal to you to introspect as to how the use of hankos made of ivory is affecting the elephant populations of Asia and Africa. The Japanese people should strongly support the conservation of this highly social, sensitive and intelligent creature, without which our natural world would be a poorer place for future generations."

Kae Kawanishi, PhD.
Advisor of JTEF
Dr Kae Kawanishi is a US-trained wildlife biologist working in Malaysia for research and conservation of the Malayan tiger and a member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group. She had conducted Malaysia's first sampling-based tiger population study between 1998 and 2001 (Taman Negara Tiger Project I) and received her PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida in 2002. Subsequently, she worked for the Malaysian Government as Technical Advisor to the Department of Wildlife and National Parks until 2006. During her tenure, she assisted the government in determining the conservation status of the Malayan tiger and Malayan tapir, in initiating a community outreach programme for Taman Negara National Park, and in establishing the Malaysian Conservation Alliance for Tigers (MYCAT). MYCAT is a partnership for successful implementation of the National Tiger Action Plan for Malaysia. Dr. Kae was the Head of the Tiger Action Plan Drafting Committee between 2006 and 2008. Currently, she is MYCAT Programme Manager as well as Chief Wildlife Biologist for the Taman Negara Tiger Project II, which is establishing a benchmark in wildlife use of the last forest linkage connecting the two largest forest complexes in Peninsular Malaysia. Using the MYCAT platform, the project aims to secure the corridor for tigers and other wildlife in close collaboration with the government and NGOs.
Adaptation to, and dominion over, Nature have always been part of the human evolution. Still, some places on Earth must remain untouched and wild, free from human disturbances. There are very few such wild frontiers left in Asia today. "Wilderness" may be a fuzzy concept for many Japanese who grew up and live far from such thing, yet the respect and fear for the great nature, manifesting in Japanese ancient belief system, are ingrained in our blood. The tiger symbolizes wild Asia and healthy ecosystems on which our livelihood depends on. Wild tigers are in a big trouble now in parallel with Asia's forest ecosystems. The world without wild tigers may become a reality even in our lifetime. Support JTEF in this race against time to save the most majestic and beautiful animal created on Earth. Act today before it's too late tomorrow.