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.
More bad news coming out of the province of Bengkulu in South Sumatra. Two elephant carcasses were discovered recently by villagers fishing in and around the Seblat TWA conservation area. No reports as to cause of death yet but will wait to hear any news the local conservation agency is currently investigating.
Another elephant death has been reported in the Gunung Leuser National Park in North Sumatra. This elephant is a female estimated to be 10 years old and was found on a river bank inside a palm oil plantation by a plantation worker and only 500m from the nearest houses of Barak Gajah Village. Witnesses reported seeing a baby elephant trying for 1 hour to wake (assuming) it’s mother by pushing her body and spraying water on her. When the local villagers approached the baby moved off into the forest and it was reported by the national park team after a 6 hour search the baby had fortunately found it’s way back to the herd and had moved back into the Gunung Leuser National Park. Unfortunately there is no information as to the estimated age of the baby elephant and whether he/she still requires milk from it’s now deceased mother.
The body of the elephant has now been moved and examined for any cause of death. While there are some wounds that have been found on the body nothing as significant enough to cause death. An autopsy has been performed and the vet teams await the results to determine if the death was natural or the elephant was poisoned, which is unfortunately often the case for elephants that enter palm oil plantations. Especially a young elephant of 10 years you would not expect to die suddenly like in this situation. Another sad day for the Elephants of Sumatra.
TWO NEW ELEPHANT BABIES BORN!!! Two gorgeous new babies were born this week in the Way Kambas National Park.
EAST LAMPUNG, NETRALNEWS.COM – A male Sumatran elephant (Elephas Maximus Sumatrensis) has been born at the Elephant Response Unit (ERU) in Tegalyoso, Way Kambas National Park, in East Lampung district on Monday (3/27).
A couple days earlier, a female Sumatran elephant was also born at Tegalyoso ERU. The female elephant baby was born by female elephant named Riska, with a body weight of 85 kilograms. Full article here > http://www.en.netralnews.com/news/currentnews/read/3275/way.sambas.national.park.welcomes.baby.male.sumatran.elephant
So just to add to the growing list of issues, this is one of them and it really is a part of the bigger picture of protecting the habitat as being one of the vital elements to saving the species. Excerpt and article link below.
TEMPO.CO, Palembang – The number of wild and domesticated elephants in Sumatera may dwindle in coming years. Sriwijaya University Professor Robiyanto H. Susanto said one of the reasons is poor water system in forests, peatland, and industrial forest concessions. Read the full original article here or www.en.tempo.co.