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Work Begins

This month we started on the pre requirements for the proposed electric fence we plan on building during march.

The first step in providing a safe and healthy environment for the conservation center elephants in Seblat, North Bengkulu, Sumatra is to make sure there is a good food supply. The first step is to repair the fencing for the 2 hectare lot that was once a flourishing plantation of king grass of which the mahouts would readily cut klumps for overnight food for the elephants. Sadly the fence is in disrepair, which allows the wild pigs to get in and feed on crops and nothing much remains.

This will soon become the main food source to provide the elephants when they settle inside their home each night. Once all the holes are discovered and patched new crops will go in and soon flourish. Time to get to work…

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New MoU in Place

To support our elephant conservation efforts head to the official Berdiri website http://berdiri.org

This month is a landmark for us here at Berdiri. We have signed a new 3 year MoU with the local conservation agency (BKSDA) here in Bengkulu to continue on the much needed conservation efforts for the critically endangered Sumatran elephants. The next three years will entail a few projects. First and our focus for now is to implement an electric fence for the camp elephants of PLG Seblat so they can be chain free, free to roam and socialize and to encourage the opportunity to breed.

This is the beginning of a long term plan and there will be many small, medium and large projects to aid in the conservation of the critically endangered elephants here is Sumatra.

A big thank you to those that have stuck by awaiting to make this happen. Especially the amazing conservation team of Tulsa Zoo.

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Radio Collar Tracking

The FZS (Frankfurt Zoological Society) have been running some successful projects in the Jambi region of Sumatra. One of those being the tracking of wild elephants through the use of radio collars. By attaching a radio collar to one elephant in a herd the FZS team can effectively track the entre herd and can act quickly in the event the herd might get too close to a village. This helps prevent human/elephant conflict and further deaths of the critically endangered Sumatran elephant.

Full article on Elephants of Sumatra http://elephantsofsumatra.com/radio-collar-tracking/

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Wild Elephants of Way Kambas

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://berdiri.org) camera traps.

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EoS Book Excerpt (Elephants of Sumatra) – The Projects

Below is a sample extract from the up coming Elephants of Sumatra – The Final Stand documentary photography book being published in support of the critically endangered sumatran elephants and the various projects we have, projects we support directly in the field or indirectly by other means. The final product will be a 100 page photography documentary book created by Berdiri Founder Bruce Levick based on the back of 3 years in the field documenting

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RIP Yongki

Jakarta. Authorities in Indonesia have launched a formal investigation into the death of an iconic Sumatran elephant at a national park who was believed to have been killed by poachers for his tusks.

Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar said in Jakarta on Wednesday that she had ordered a coordinated probe into the death of the popular bull elephant, affectionately known as Yongki, saying,

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Elephant Response Unit – Way Kambas

Last week we took a field trip to the Way Kambas National Park in South Sumatra to present some new technologies to the current existing Elephant Response Units working around the borders of the Way Kambas National Park. The ERU (Elephant Response Units) work the borders of the National Park to mitigate HEC (Human Elephant Conflict) and also patrol for illegal activity.

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Presenting and testing the drone in the Way Kambas National Park.

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Presenting and testing the drone in the Way Kambas National Park.

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photo of the southern camp of Way Kambas taken during our drone tests

We have presented an opportunity for the ERU teams to utilise drone technology along with infrared cameras to help search the surrounding areas for potential wild herds on the move towards neighbouring villages to better prevent future HEC.

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The elephant patrols in action

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The elephant patrols in action

The proposal for the use of drone technology can also be used to assist in the search for potential illegal activity within the national park such as poachers and illegal loggers.

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Bath time before patrol

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Morning bath time before heading out for patrol

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Cooking up supplements for the patrol elephants

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Preparing the supplements for the patrol elephants

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Drone view of the ERU team camp

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Drone demonstration for the ERU team

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Siti Update

We’ve just visited the Zam Zam orphans again this week. Sorry for the delay in the update as it has been a busy time getting the Yayasan registered and official. We had a few goodies to deliver to the kids this week that recently arrived from our good friend Carol (New Zealand). The kids get a real kick out of the gifts that come from over seas.
It’s about to be the month of fasting here in Indonesia and before it starts it’s a tradition of ours to deliver rice and syrup to help with the breaking of fasting every evening. So we also delivered some food goodies for Ramadan. We have also scheduled to bring all the orphans that we support to our restaurant during the month to open fasting one night with the kids.

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Siti and Laily

Siti is coming up to her 2nd birthday this year (October) and is actually mobile now and walking around. Her operation in Jogjakarta has been broken down into two parts. Siti’s leg and foot had two issues. One with her skin constricting around the top of her ankle and cutting off the blood flow and the other is a growth on top of her foot. The doctor in Jogjakarta decided it was best to operate on her ankle first before tackling the more difficult issue of the growth on her foot. The operation on Siti’s ankle was a success and now Siti is a little bit older and stronger to better cope with the removal of the growth on her foot. The Ibu (Mum of the orphans) is due to travel again with Siti to Jogjakarta for that next part of her operation after the month of Ramadan. We will discuss again with Ibu how we can help to fund another trip to Jogjakarta and give you an update soon.

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Siti’s first operation was a success

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Siti checking out the new toys

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The Zam Zam orphans with their new toys

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Siti still requires another operation to remove the growth from her foot

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The Zam Zam kids enjoying thier new toys

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Blowing bubbles

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Celebrating and having fun

For those wanting to send any gifts or goodies for the kids please send to the below Address:

Bruce and Laily
Yayasan Berdiri
Jalan M. Hasan 1 No. 60 RT 4
Pasar Baru
Bengkulu
Bengkulu 38114
Indonesia



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Kenya Unites for Elephants and Rhinos

On 4 October, over 130 countries joined a global march to protect elephants and rhinos
referred to as the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos (GMFER). This widely participated
global march coincided with the World Animal Day.

In Nairobi, more than 1,000 people trekked a 10 kilometres route passing the downtown
traffic and hooting cars in response to signs held by marchers that read

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Help is Definitely Needed

This is a very interesting article and a new perspective on the conservation initiatives in Malaysia and Indonesia. Showing that the government are throwing out impossible statistics when I myself see first hand the loss of critically endangered wildlife every month and know just as well as Erik Meijaard that these statistics are just not true (impossible). As I write this the haze of smoke covers south Sumatra from the illegal forest fires burning off forests for new crops leaving the critically endangered wildlife with nowhere to go but in conflict with the locals and eventually death for the animals.
The resonating factor in this article is the conservation efforts truly need an overhaul if any kind of success to prolong the dynamic species of Indonesia is to be fruitful.

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