Elephants

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/
BUY CANVAS PRINTS > http://elephantsofsumatra.com/shop/
THE BOOK > http://elephantsofsumatra.com/the-book/
MY LATEST PROJECTS > http://elephantsofsumatra.com/campaigns/help-the-elephants/

 

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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.

BUY THIS PRINT > http://elephantsofsumatra.com/product/canvas-print-new-born/

———— 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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I DON’T LIKE TRAINING

After Bona started returning to health from the early days of bottle feeding it was decided by the mahouts of PLG Seblat that she needed some simple training with the support of an NGO vet to keep an eye on proceedings. Due to Bona’s circumstances she could never be re-released back into the wild so for her and the camp staffs best interest it was very important for her to receive some simple training for her life in the camp and to help on the elephant patrols in the future. Let me be clear there is no “CRUSHING” or “BREAKING OF THE SPIRIT” here in Sumatra as you might find in some parts of Thailand still. Bona’s training included being tethered to a larger male elephant (Nelson) and being gently led around the camp with fruit treats to reward her for a good job when following her new orders. Bona in the early days learnt the simple commands to start and stop walking, commands given to her by her regular mahout. She was very receptive but would often loose patience and in times of rest she would often play with her tether and try to remove it. Understandably. Bona is a big 6 year old now and has adjusted very well to her camp life. She sometimes looks like she has ambitions to rule the camp one day and occasionally the senior elephants have to let her know who is boss.

——— 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/
S
EE OUR CONSERVATION PROJECTS > http://www.berdiri.org

 

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Ironic Twist

Twice daily the elephants cross the river to collect their food from the nearby palm oil plantations. Sadly ironic the palm fronds provide a daily diet but the plantations are largely responsible for the reason the elephants are of a critically endangered status. Habitat destruction to expand plantations forces elephants to stray into nearby palm oil plantations and farmers often hang poisoned fruit in the trees, killing all adult elephants and making orphans of youngsters dependant on milk from thier mother. In the rare case adult elephants are captured before they are killed, they end up in the various elephant camps across Sumatra like the elephant crossing this river in Seblat, Bengkulu.

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