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New MoU in Place

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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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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.

a culture that doesn

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Every so often, people are too preoccupied with doing and looking into so many things in life that they tend to forget how to give back to someone who has provided them with so much

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New Deaths of Sumatran Elephants in Riau

It’s been a tragic week for the Sumatran elephant with 7 new deaths recorded in the Riau province of Sumatra near the Tesso Nilo National park. Poisoning is suspected and is becoming more and more common as elephants are forced to enter village areas when their habitat is continuously being destroyed to make way for crop land, majority being for palm oil. Villagers tend to take action on their own and poison the elephants to stop the destruction of food crops that the elephants eat. So the question being asked, “Is palm oil killing elephants?”, the answer is a most definite yes and more than anything else combined.

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Illegally burning and clearing forests the vital habitat is causing more and more elephant conflicts throughout Sumatra.

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Sumatran Tiger – Nowhere to Hide

Recently I travelled to north Sumatra documenting the work of an NGO based in Sumatra for captive elephants. I stumbled across this wildlife trade report on the Sumatran tiger while traveling through the elephant camps in North Sumatra. It was funded and put together by Traffic

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The Plastic Revolution

The Revolution

Single Use Plastics

Single Use Plastics

200 years ago was around the time of the industrial revolution. It changed the world and has shaped what we know as life today. We are now in the midst of a new revolution that will once again shape the world in the centuries to come,

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Zam Zam Orphanage

The Zam Zam Global Orphanage in Bengkulu is just one place that does it

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Volunteer Opportunities…

Travelling is amazing and it seems like everyone wants to do more of it. If you

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Taman Satwa Bengkulu

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The conditions for the animals at Taman Satwa Bengkulu are terrible

There are a lot of areas in Sumatra that need our help. Almost everywhere you look there are people or animals in need of some form of help or support. The Taman Satwa pusat Bengkulu is one such case and it is in desperate need of some attention as the animals are not in great condition and the enclosures are in a state of disrepair. Some of the animals are even chained up within their cages.

When it comes to owning and running a zoo there are certain aspects that benefit from keeping animals in enclosures. Of course first and foremost is the health and well being of the animals. If you cannot properly care for animals in enclosures then you should stop right there. Making sure the animal is happy and healthy is paramount and should be ensured before anything happens. As you can see in these photos here the animals are not well cared for and their enclosures are full of rubbish. It’s the worst “zoo” I have laid eyes on. But rather than getting angry it’s important to talk to the people first and find out the issues.

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It says a lot when you look into the eyes of this little guy. They need help.

In a country like Sumatra there certainly is a big need to preserve and conserve many species, raise awareness and educate the local people about the reasons for a species decline in order to help them make the lifestyle change for the sake of the future for the species and the environment. A big part of the benefit for a zoo is the ability to show the locals how special these animals are. The more time people get to spend with and see these animals the more they will fall in love with them and want to conserve them. The more they learn about their plight and how critically endangered a lot of animals are, then the hope is that the new generation will be able to provide the solutions necessary to stave off extinction of some amazing and iconic species only found here in Sumatra.

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Peaking out through the wood slats of a confined home

It breaks my heart to see these animals in such conditions. It’s a helpless feeling when I visit these guys. Occasionally I bring them extra food in the form of bananas, it’s not much but it’s better than nothing. Well today I decided I’m not helpless, I might be alone but I’m not alone in wanting to do something for the care of these amazing creatures.
Today I tracked down the person who runs the zoo. I managed to have a good conversation in Bahasa Indonesia about how I can help. We talked about the possibility of me being able to put some money up to buy the zoo in order to provide a much better home for these animals and provide a place to educate and raise awareness about the conservation of the amazing species here in Sumatra. It was very positive and he was quite welcoming to receive help. So I hope to hear from him in about 1 weeks time with more information in order to make a proposal to buy/contract the location. It could be a bit of a process and will require los of outside help from you and from investors, but in the long term it will be a great solution for these animals and provide a great location for people to learn about the plight of the animals in Sumatra.

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Sharing a tight space with a bunch of rubbish. This place needs action

In the short term I will continue to come in and provide some more food for the animals on a regular basis and see if I can try and clean the place up a bit.
It’s a start and a step in the right direction and here’s hoping a positive solution can be agreed upon in a future proposal.

 

 

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