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Elephant Population In Jambi Endangered

Monday, 06 August, 2012 | 17:39 WIB

TEMPO InteractiveJambi Due to the shrinking of the forest as a habitat for Sumatran elephants, especially in forest areas Spintun, District Pauh, Sarolangun regency, Jambi, the animals that once numbered more than 50 head, now stands at only about 14.

“Based on our research in recent months in Sarolangun forest, the elephant population is becoming increasingly extinct because their habitat is being cleared on a large scale to make way for plantations,” said Ferry Irawan, Chairman of the Jambi Green Association, Monday, July 30, 2012.

According to Ferry, ​​10,500 hectare of production forest, which is the habitat of elephants, is being cleared by PT ALN to be turned into a natural rubber plantation industry. The elephants entered the plantation areas, sparking a conflict with the surrounding villagers.

The region is part of a hutan adat (traditional forest) belonging to the Anak Dalam Bathin Sembilan tribe, Dusun III Spintun, which is located in the industrial forest concession held by PT Alam Lestari Nusantara (Limited Company Consortium of State Plantation Jambi VI), and several other major plantation companies.

Syafrizal alias Acong, lead researcher of elephants in this area, states there is proof that the elephants are moving. The survey used a method of observing excretions and footprints on May 25. Their habitat is shrinking and this can result in a confrontation with the community.

“We hope that existing concessions are stopped, because the timber in the remaining forest is still quite tight (I’m sorry, I have no idea what the original means-laura), because the distance between the herd of elephants and PT ALN’s concession is only about 1.2 kilometers,” he said.

Joko Susilo, Head of Sarolangun District Forestry Office, denied that the concession area of ​​PT ALN was an elephant habitat. “That’s not true. Based on his office’s observation, PT ALN’s area is used by elephants only to cross,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Head of Jambi Natural Resources Conservation Trisiswo dismissed the results of the research conducted by the Perkumpulan HIjau team. “Not true, they don’t know what they’re talking about,” he said.

Trisiswo claimed that he had earlier conducted a research for four months, starting October 2011. In the study on the border between Jambi and South Sumatra, only ten elephants were found.

“We also have plans to ask the companies operating in the region to allocate a piece of their land to serve as a habitat for elephants,” he said. SYAIPUL BAKHORI

Three More Elephants Found Dead in Aceh Killing Zone | The Jakarta Globe

Nurdin Hasan | June 05, 2012
The Jakarta Globe

Banda Aceh. The carcasses of three Sumatran elephants believed to have been poisoned were found in Aceh last week, bringing the death toll to five in the last month, an environmentalist has said.

Rabono Wiranata, chairman of the non-governmental organization Fakta, said the carcasses of two elephants, thought to be around four to five years old, were discovered on Thursday on the grounds of a palm oil plantation owned by a state company, PTPN I. The plantation is located near Pante Labu village, in East Aceh district.

The two elephants were found about 10 meters away from each other, while a larger elephant was found in Blang Tualang village, a remote area that shares a border with Pante Labu.

“It’s thought that the elephants died about a week ago from poisoning,” Wiranata said over the weekend. “Bars of soap that had been smeared with poison were found near the carcasses of the two young elephants.”

Wiranata said people smeared soap bars with poison and then stuck them to oil palm trees because elephants like to eat soap. He said the practice was common in East Aceh.

Fakta was notified on Thursday that the three carcasses had been found and immediately traveled to the location, which is about 50 kilometers from Banda Aceh, the provincial capital.

“We only saw the two in Pante Labu village on Thursday. Their 20-centimeter-long ivory tusks were still intact at the time but were gone when we returned on Friday with teams from the East Aceh administration,” Wiranata said.

He added that his team was still working to remove the carcass of the third dead elephant.

Wiranata said he suspected the elephants were being poisoned in several different locations on the plantation because his team had found pamphlets that read “Be careful with poison.”

“It’s strongly believe that the deaths can be connected to one of two possibilities,” he said. “They were either poisoned on purpose by people at PTPN I or by elephant poachers.”

Wiranata added that his concern more dead elephants would be found.

“Residents told me that there were four dead elephants,” he said. “But so far we have only been able to confirm three. We’ve found the bodies of two and the other one was seen by residents and PTPN I employees. Residents claim they’ve seen a few other elephants tottering.”

He said dozens of elephants often entered the plantation area because it used to be their habitat. Fakta, he said, had heard about a herd of elephants that crossed through the plantation a few days earlier.

“There are still more elephants that are likely to have eaten the poison and there is a good chance they will die too,” he said.

WWF calls for probe into elephant death

WWF calls for probe into elephant death
From correspondents in Aceh Jaya, Indonesia From: AFP May 03, 2012 2:01AM

ENVIRONMENTAL organisation WWF has called on the Indonesian government to investigate the death of a critically endangered Sumatran elephant allegedly poisoned at an oil palm plantation.

A ranger at the plantation in Aceh Jaya on Sumatra island said he found the 18-year-old female elephant dying on Monday and that locals reported they had seen it walking around with a calf earlier that day.

“We call on the authorities to investigate how the elephant died. If she died from poisoning, we hope authorities will do something about educating locals,” WWF’s Aceh program leader Dede Suhendra told AFP.

“People here in Sumatra who own plantations and farms often kill elephants, tigers too, because they see them as pests.”

Mukhtar, the ranger, said he believed the elephant had been poisoned.

“When I found her, she was foaming at the mouth and bleeding from the rectum, which are strong signs of poisoning,” he said, adding that he was unable to save her with medicine.

Mukhtar said the elephant’s calf was “crying” and “making noises” of distress as it stood by its mother dying on the ground.

Suhendra said that conflict between animals in the jungle and humans had increased in the past decade as swathes of forest are cleared for agriculture.

WWF changed the Sumatran elephant’s status from “endangered” to “critically endangered” in January, largely due to severe habitat loss driven by oil palm and paper plantations.

There are less than 3000 Sumatran elephants remaining in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, marking a 50 per cent drop in numbers since 1985.

source: Herald Sun