Our attempts to camouflage camera traps were met with mixed results. Poachers and loggers have an appetite for destruction if they spot a camera.
The patrol unit of the province of Bengkulu Sumatra in the TWA Seblat Conservation Area burn a makeshift bridge used by poachers and loggers to get access deep into the conservation area for the purpose of logging and poaching endangered species. This is unfortunately a very common occurrence.
A gorgeous herd of wild elephants make their way across the Way Kambas National park in the early morning hours captured on the Berdiri (http://www.berdiri.org) camera traps.[KGVID]http://elephantsofsumatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Gajah-Liar.m4v[/KGVID]
Baby Rosa had her tail bitten by one of the older males so she needed to have it looked at and eventually the tip of her tail was amputated. This might not look ideal but this is exactly how things work in Indonesia in order to properly treat elephants their need to be restrained, especially the juveniles.
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.
A close up “portrait” of Harris. This is one of my favourite shots of any of my 10’s of 1000’s of photos I have taken over the last 5 years. I think this image really evokes some emotions from the scarred tusks of Harris showing the harsh life he has gone through from circus elephant to now residing and patrolling the forests of TWA Seblat.