The Battle to save Sumatra’s elephants From Extinction
For decades, there has been some kind of conflict between humans and elephants, and elephants are the loosing group. In villages, the farmers, along with other villagers kill the elephants just to save their crops and houses, which has resulted in around 80 percent population loss of elephants since 1930s. Within last 20 years, the elephant population decreased from 1,342 to 201 in the Riau Province only.
A major reason for this population loss is the loss of elephant habitat, which is converted into farms by humans, and along with that, great companies also cut down hectares of forests for palm oil and paper plantations. Due to this habitat loss, elephants have to move to the villages to consume food and are eventually killed by the farmers. Sumatran Elephant Conservation Initiative [SECI], and some other NGOs are working for the Sumatra’s elephant conservation, with the cooperation of Rau’s local people. See full details at: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/24/world/the-battle-to-save-sumatras-elephants/
Tiger cubs smile on Sunshine Coast
Stripe and Spot, two male tiger cubs, who were born in the month of August, are set in the world’s captive Sumatran-tiger gene pool. The cubs are three months old, and highly energetic and friendly. Their new enclosure has now been opened, and the lovely cubs are attracting a lot of visitors from all over the world.
The cubs’ mother is Kaitlyn, who is one of the most valued and loved animals of the park, and her bloodline is said to be very unique. It is hoped that as the cubs reach adulthood, they will show their unique breed. Read more at: http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2013/10/24/3876141.htm?site=sunshine
In Way Kambas, saving the Sumatran rhino
In Way Kambas, a national park in the East Lampung, a Sumatran rhino conservation center has been made for Andatu, a Sumatran rhino calf. The calf is the fourth one of its kind in the world, and the very first rhino calf in Asia.
The conservation center occupies the area of around hundred hectares of
tropical land in the national park. Establishment of rhino sperm banks is also on the agenda of the concerned authorities. Read full story at: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/10/22/in-way-kambas-saving-sumatran-rhino.html
Indonesia under pressure to save forests
Nationally and internationally, Indonesia is being recognized for its efforts to reduce the environment destruction, forests depletion, and consequently emissions of greenhouse gases. But despite the government and industry’s efforts, the palm oil, pulp and paper plantations are on the rise. This massive rise is a threat to endangered animal species such as Sumatran tigers, rhinos and orangutans.
Greenpeace statistics suggest that Indonesia has lost its 12,400 square kilometers of its forests within 2 years. However, the Indonesian president has announced the commitment that they will decrease the greenhouse emissions to 26% by the year 2020. Read more at: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/376507/forest-protection-an-uphill-battle
Sumatran Tigers Lose Out to Indonesian Plantation Expansion
An environmental report in Jakarta, released this Tuesday, noted that the few surviving endangered tigers in the country are in a big threat due to the massive increase in the palm oil and timber plantations. Greenpeace report says that the plantation companies are destroying the Sumatran tiger habitats.
It further mentions Indonesia’s two biggest producers of pulpwood, Asia Pulp and Paper [APP] and Asia Pacific Resources International Limited [APRIL] and accuses them of being responsible for around half of all the Sumatran tigers’ habitat loss in Sumatra between 2009 and 2011. Read more at: http://blogs.wsj.com/searealtime/2013/10/22/sumatran-tigers-lose-out-to-indonesian-palm-oil-expansion/