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Thank you The LMI Group

This week Berdiri and the Breeding Program received a big boost from The LMI Group. In support of the breeding program The LMI Group has kindly donated a portable digital diagnostic ultrasound system (Landwind CU30). The perfect tool to help examine the PLG camp elephants to check for pregnancies and general health checks for any abnormalities. The portability of such a machine will be perfect for our work in the field in the remote PLG Seblat elephant conservation center. On top of that Biovet Australia have also included a handheld CO2 monitor to help measure and check vital signs.

Landwind CU30

Robi and Devi together

From all of us here at Berdiri we would like to give a heart felt thank you to The LMI Group especially Professor Allan Manning for being such a champion for the cause. It is with the amazing support from such individuals and The LMI Group family that we are able too continue the important work with the critically endangered elephants of Sumatra.

With the newly donated ultrasound equipment it is a perfect time for vets from around the world to jump on board with our volunteer Vet Support 2019 program. We are looking for vets who want to volunteer their time to help provide health checks, pregnancy checks and the provision of medication to keep the elephants in perfect health.

Here is to a successful 2019.

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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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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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