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Elephants

Camera Traps and Surveys

Bang Distnan putting the final touches on a camera trap deep in the jungles of Sumatra. Documenting these amazing elephants across Sumatra means spending up to 10 days at a time hiking the jungles of Sumatra in search of locations to capture the elephants in the wild with camera traps. I have a camera trap program running across the Way Kambas National Park as well as the TWA Seblat Conservation area in Bengkulu. We spend days tracking and looking for the right locations and place camera traps. The issues we often face are poachers and illegal loggers who happen to stumble across the camera traps and steal them from fear of being caught so we take every precaution to secure the camera traps and camouflage them with paint as best we can.  So far we have mixed results from the camera trap work, but the rewards of finding and documenting the critically endangered Sumatran elephant in the wild is especially nice. Link in the description…

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My Favourite Snack

When not receiving his milk supplement Agam’s favourite was a piece of corn to try to rip apart and eat. All part of the learning curve to being a baby elephant.

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Check Up!

Every so often the elephants of all the camps throughout Sumatra get their health checks done. Time to check for any signs of problems and the elephants are well trained to follow the commands of their handlers so they can carry out any checks from teeth through to ultrasound scans. The population is decreasing so to prevent any outbreaks of disease that could further threaten the species it is important to do this regularly.

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Radio Collar Efforts

A lot of effort is being undertaken by many NGO’s from around the world to help out on the ground. This particular project comes from the Frankfurt Zoological Society in the Bukit Tigah Puluh area where they are running a radio collar program to help monitor elephant herd locations and help prevent human/elephant conflict when elephants come close to a village the program will help prevent the elephants from entering the villages.

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Sadat

  • Name: Sadat
  • Born: 1964
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: The Elphant Conservation Center, Saree, Aceh Sumatra.

Sadat lives in the Elephant Conservation Center in Saree, Aceh, Sumatra. He came to the centre in 1989. He is now 50 years old and remains in the captive elephant program in the conservation centre.

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Meet the Babies

Documenting the final stand for the elephants of Sumatra

It’s bitter sweet to meet all the gorgeous babies of Sumatra. The bitter part being that most of them are orphans as a result of our exuberant ways leading to habitat loss. This then leads directly to the death of adult elephants by locals trying to make a living based on demand for products we so desire but mostly don’t need.  This is all part of my documentation work capturing the remaining elephants of Sumatra through photos and videos and raising awareness for their needs and also working on projects directly here in Sumatra with local government agencies.

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If you want to support my documentation work and some of my projects directly related to the conservation of this amazing species you can head to some of the links below.

DONATE VIA PAYPAL > http://elephantsofsumatra.com/projects/
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THE BOOK > http://elephantsofsumatra.com/the-book/
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Merry Christmas from Sumatra xo

Merry Christmas from the elephants of Sumatra. I hope you’re getting an environmentally friendly gift this Christmas. 🙂

———— HOW TO SUPPORT ME —————

If you want to support my documentation work and some of my projects directly related to the conservation of this amazing species you can head to some of the links below.

DONATE VIA PAYPAL > http://elephantsofsumatra.com/support-my-work/
BUY CANVAS PRINTS > http://elephantsofsumatra.com/shop/
SEE OUR CONSERVATION PROJECTS > http://www.berdiri.org

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Let’s TALK! #1

A lot of my photos include elements that for very obvious reasons people dislike. That’s just the nature of the situation and it’s natural for me to want to ducument the reality of the situation for the elephants be it good or bad. One of those issues is the use of bull hooks by the elephant carers in Sumatra. Some people argue (trust me they do) in the right hands and used correctly it is no problem while others argue that they should never ever be used and are a cruel method for directing an elephant. Well as my documentary work here keeps shifting gears and I find myself in more and more situations to actually help with my own projects I am quite interested to hear comments on this and the preferred alternatives. Please comment below…

 

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Gettin Dirty!!

I’ve learnt over the years documenting the beautiful elephants of Sumatra that there is nothing more enjoyable for a baby elephant than getting completely covered in mud after a bath in the river or a big rainstorm in the rainy season. It’s a funny sight to see a Bona rolling around in the fresh mud enjoying herself. Such a presious sight to see.

———— HOW TO SUPPORT ME —————

If you want to support my documentation work and some of my projects directly related to the conservation of this amazing species you can head to some of the links below.

DONATE VIA PAYPAL > http://elephantsofsumatra.com/support-my-work/
BUY CANVAS PRINTS > http://elephantsofsumatra.com/shop/
SEE OUR CONSERVATION PROJECTS > http://www.berdiri.org

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New Born

Travelling around this great island of Sumatra gives me many joys but none better than that of witnessing a new born in the Holiday Camp of North Sumatra. At just two weeks old baby elephants are still trying to find their feet, stumbling over themselves. It is the cuttest thing on the planet bar none. To see a baby elephant instinctively suckling off her mother knowing just what to do and where to go just blows my mind. With the occasional assistance from mum, a nudge or a push to tell her little one not to wander off too far. It’s beautiful to see.

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———— HOW TO SUPPORT ME —————

If you want to support my documentation work and some of my projects directly related to the conservation of this amazing species you can head to some of the links below.

DONATE VIA PAYPAL > http://elephantsofsumatra.com/support-my-work/
BUY CANVAS PRINTS > http://elephantsofsumatra.com/shop/
SEE OUR CONSERVATION PROJECTS > http://www.berdiri.org

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