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Big Girl Bona

While working on implementing the Breeding Program project in Seblat, Bengkulu it was nice to take some time out to see my baby girl Bona. I have been so busy in Sumatra so it has been a little while since catching up with Bona. She still remembers and still likes to remind me who the boss always is. It wouldn’t be Bona if she wasn’t still a little naughty.
Now Bona is a plump 700kg+ and in great health and truly getting big and as loud as ever trumpeting away at other family members if anyone annoys her or steps on her toes. Links and info below to follow and support my elephant projects.

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Rehabilitating King Grass Plantations

The first step in providing a safe and healthy environment for the conservation center elephants in Seblat, North Bengkulu, Sumatra is to make sure there is a good food supply. The first step is to repair the fencing for the 2 hectare lot that was once a flourishing plantation of king grass of which the mahouts would readily cut klumps for overnight food for the elephants. Sadly the fence is in disrepair, which allows the wild pigs to get in and feed on crops and nothing much remains.
This will soon become the main food source to provide the elephants when they settle inside their home each night. Once all the holes are discovered and patched new crops will go in and soon flourish. Time to get to work…

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Ucok Impatient

Ucok the BIG boy is GROWING impatient about the new electric fence plan where he will get to mingle with the rest of the herd free of chains. Two things about this photo and I have highlighted one of them. Small steps to creating a better environment for the elephants of PLG Seblat and the creation of an electric fence will allow the elephants to be free of chains and secondly to mingle creating the potential for breeding. Ucok is not wanting to wait any longer. As you can see. Details on how you can support below.

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Home Away from Home

On a two week rotation in the jungles of Sumatra. This is home away from home for elephant handlers and forest police working side by side in the Way Kambas National Park (camp Bungur) to help protect the precious habitat that is home to some of the most endangered species on the planet. Including of course the wild Sumatran elephant herds still calling the national park home. Daily patrols venture out to track illegal activity and locate wild elephant herds to make sure they do not enter into nearby villages. This is a crucial activity to help maintain any kind of harmony and prevent human/elephant conflict. For 2 weeks at a time this is called home until the next rotation of elephant handlers and forest polica arrive.

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New Born in Riau

Congrat Seruni on your new born. Amazing and semoga sehat selalu…

A female wild elephant has given birth to a calf in the Balai Raja Wildlife Reserve in Pinggir district, Bengkalis regency in Riau province, giving fresh hope for the endangered species’ declining population. Full article…

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Wake Up!

We all need to make more effort to make this world a better place. This world is an absolute miracle and we depend on it more than most people realise. We need to wake up and take care of this precious planet. Pronto.

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The Way She Was

The first week with Bona she was a scary sight. She couldn’t have been more than a few weeks away from death in her state. She was literally lifeless, could hardly walk and had no spirit. Her spirit was certainly drained. Literally you could see every bone in her body as she struggled from A to B. After 6 months of sugar water provided by the locals as a supplement for milk I guess it was to be expected. Thankfully Bona took to our supplements, a mixture of baby milk formula, marsupial milk replacer (Wombaroo) combined with coconut milk hot water a dose of love and 7 months later of hand feeding this gorgeous girl the rewards are priceless and nothing will ever take away that prode of knowing my actions saved a this gorgeous girls life.

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Next Generation

So much is reliant on the next generation. The next generation of humans and the next generation of elephants too. As best as possible we need to give all remaining Sumatran elephants the opportunity to breed while simultaneously working constantly to maintain a beautiful and pristine habitat for these incredible animals to live peacefully. With each child we bring into this world we need to install a new culture of one of love for the animals, education and a way of life that lends itself to living in harmony with the incredible species found on the island of Sumatra. Every day is our opportunity to change things. Link in the bio. #elephants #conservation #sumatra #wild #berdiri #fightforanimals

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Pramuka Bird Markets

In what seems like endless caves inside a complex of decades old intertwined stalls that rise and fall with the floors of unkept buildings inside the largest bird market of south east Asia., the Pramuka bird markets of Jakarta. Here lies the keeping grounds of 10s of 1000’s of birds ready for a quick sale and a slow death either way. No animal deserves the life and death akin to that of a throwaway plastic toy.
Here is a market that has been operating for more than 40 years. A market that is well known for also trading in protected species. Yet for decades continues to grow. While the last remaining habitats in Sumatra are fighting a losing battle against poaching the very market that contradicts all protection laws and negates the hard work of local and international NGO’s continues to flourish. Despite the epic issue of trading protected species, there are the moral issues. Is this what it comes down to? Is this the solution for our over populated cites and inability to balance sustainable growth from within ethical business? So we throw all moral values out the window to find a quick sale to buy the things we don’t need in order for the economy to grow and sustain our populations. Do we blame it on a lack of education, sure in part. Do we blame it on the lack of responsibility of those in positions of power to change this picture, absolutely. The local people are the only ones that can start the chain reaction for this to change. Making those in power take better responsibility by enforcing the laws that are made to stop exactly this kind of trade. The locals need to find better ways to build more sustainable incomes through better education. Many millions of people would rely on the kind of income that directly results in the destruction of the natural habitat of endangered species and the poaching and selling of all wildlife. This is also a cultural change that needs to start with a new generation from a very early age. Education programs in every province, city and village. Without this kind of change there is no hope.

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Rest Stop

Not a bad view in Sumatra to take a rest on my way to delivering a box of additional supplements to one thirsty girl. All part of hand-raising a baby elephant. My Sumatran girlfriend at the time who is now my wife helped deal with the red tape to purchase a new ride for my trips back and forth to the elephant conservation center in Seblat. A four hour journey in all. I would spend approximately 2 weeks at the elephant conservation center before returning to pick up more supplies from the city. Very rewarding process to watch a baby elephant go from a skinny little thing to a fat, happy and playful girl due to my commitment to her cause. Now the commitment continues with our other projects. Link in the bio.

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