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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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Sumatran Tiger Surgery, Environmental Disaster, Orangutans Rescued and Rhino Discovered…

Sumatran Tiger Undergoes Surgery at Sacramento Zoo

An endangered Sumatran Tiger in Sacramento Zoo is being operated on by a group of veterinary surgeons who are removing stones from its urinary tract. The group of surgeons comprises surgeons from the School of Veterinary Medicine, Davis and The University of California. The surgery began Tuesday morning, in which the doctors have planned to insert flexible thin tubes which will help in draining the urine from the tiger

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Sumatra Wildlife and Environment Weekly News

Do Orangutans Plan? When It Comes To Travel They Do

A new research conducted by University of Zurich, shows that the night before Sumatran male orangutans travel through the forest, they often produce long, loud calls in the direction they plan to go. It provides a cue to other members of the community to plan for the trip ahead, and is the first field-observed case of primates planning for future events this far in advance.

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Sumatra Wildlife and Conservation News

Indonesian Tiger Who Survived Poisoning Returns To Zoo Home

Two-year-old Ayu, a young Sumatran tiger, sole survivor of the recent incident of poisoning, returned to her caged-in area at the Taman Rimbo Zoo in Jambi, after a week. The investigation is still being carried on to find the culprits of the incident which took place on 17 August and involved strychnine, a chemical which is highly controlled in the country. The zoo visitors

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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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The Flying Squad

Indonesia is facing great problems today including the issues on illegal wildlife trade. This problem is due to the severe exploitation of wildlife resources where there government can

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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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Green Documentary

This documentary takes a different approach. Throughout there is no commentary, but the use of simply the sound of forest destruction, factories and the silence of death make this ever more compelling. Brilliantly edited the documentary shows the tragic circumstances that surround the orangutans of Sumatra from the destruction of their habitat. Following the life and subsequent death of one displaced orangutan gives purity to message that needs to shared. Very compelling.

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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

Sumatra elephants

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.

sumatran elephants

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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