elephants

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

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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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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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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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Poachers Kill 300 Elephants

Just recently officials discovered over 300 elephants and countless wildlife killed by the way of cyanide. While the targets are elephants and poaching their tusks for sale there were plenty of other countless animals found dead as well. It is reported that waterholes have been laced with cyanide. It’s the worst single killing in 25 years. Read the report here.

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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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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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