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Sights and Sounds of ECC Seblat Bengkulu

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Escape to the elephant camp in Sumatra to see the sights and hear the sounds.

Sights and Sounds of ECC from Bruce Levick on Vimeo.

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Another Elephant Death in Gunung Leuser National Park

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.

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Two new babies of Way Kambas

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

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Sunrise with Elephants

This was my morning view for 7 whole months bottle feeding baby Bona. Most mornings she would knock on my cabin door at 5am trying to wake me up so she could get her morning milk. This particular morning she never came knocking but I found her in front of my cabin munching on the grass in the field. I think this was the signal of change for her feeding habits.

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Hairy Legs

Too cute! Bona munches on a selection of fruit. Take a look at those hairy legs. Took this photo before Bona could learn to kick out with her hind legs.

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Window of the Soul

The eyes can convey a million expressions. I have my own feelings about what the eye is telling me here. I want to know what you are seeing. What is the elephant feeling?

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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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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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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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Poor Water System Just One of the Problems

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.

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