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Sumatra the Final Stand for Endangered Animals

Sumatra: Where wildlife and humans are foes in a bitter and constant struggle for land

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Sumatran elephants at a captive elephant camp

Statistics never tell the whole story. The same is true for the Indonesian island of Sumatra and the continued assault on its ecology by humans. Home to over 50 million people, Sumatra is the world’s fourth most populous island, but then that does not start saying even half the story.

but most of all, the wanton massacre of its amazing wildlife

The ever-burgeoning population is really what lies at the heart of this tale. A story of forest degradation, soil erosion, a constant onslaught on the island`s ecology, but most of all, the wanton massacre of its amazing wildlife like the Sumatran Orangutan, the Sumatran Tiger, the rhinoceros, and last but certainly not the least, the Sumatran Elephant.

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Sumatran elephants at a captive elephant camp

Sumatra is home to a variety of ethnic groups like the Batak, Minangkabau, Krui, and Pelalawan-Petalangan. For centuries, man and animal stayed more or less in consonance with each other, both living off the land, taking only as much as was needed to survive.

precious sumatran jungle

precious sumatran jungle

Till man turned greedy. The onset of industrialisation followed by the globalisation of recent years has taken its toll on Sumatra. Here, statistics is but one weapon that Green warriors wield to wage an important battle against the

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Illegal Pet Trade – Sun Bears

Illegal pet trade of sun bears in and around South East Asia.

Astronomers are still in search of an exoplanet that is as fertile with rich diversity of flora and fauna as planet Earth. Instead of protecting this planet by understanding its true worth, engaging in activities to plunder the nature and its inhabitants in the form of illegal wildlife trade is certainly a folly. However, given the fact that illegal wildlife trade is worth of nearly $10 billion, morals and ethics of people who plunder the wildlife take a back seat.

Legally, one can obtain permit for import or export of some wildlife species, but, generally, wildlife trade is a matter of conservation of endangered species. Illegal pet trade is active in Europe, Asia, Arabia, and North and South America. The most rampant of all is the illegal pet trade of sun bears in and around Southeast Asia. Sun bears – smallest of the bear species with a crescent on its chest – are on the verge of extinction in tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia. Since the past few decades, the population of sun bears in Southeast Asia has gone down drastically with a decrease of 30% of the overall population

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Critically Endangered Sumatran Elephants

THE SUMATRAN ELEPHANTS: ANOTHER CLOSE CALL

It is indeed an indictment of us and our humanity when the number of animals featuring on the endangered list mounts faster than mercury on a hot summer afternoon. By 2030 we will be an elite race making preparations that will allow us to conquer neighboring planets and stars! The scenario at home however will remain bleak if we do not let go of avarice. We were handed this planet to share with our animal friends and we have emerged as selfish trespassers. The concept of tolerance that the world governments have enshrined somehow seems circumscribed by the definition of human. The fact that after the Sumatran tiger in 2008, it is now the turn of the Sumatran elephant to be labeled

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Zero Sum Game? – The Ivory Trade in Africa

Are Wildlife Conservation and Economic Development a Zero Sum Game: A Report on the Ivory Trade in Africa

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After over a decade of progress toward the goal of restoring the elephant from the brink of extinction, the poaching of elephants has once again become a problem threatening the extinction of the largest of the world

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