Project Updates

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  the dire situation being faced by the last remaining ELEPHANTS OF SUMATRA. The extract below is from a chapter named “The Projects”, which documents the work being carried out by various NGO’s to help conserve this amazing species. The book will be available for pre-order soon.

“Sumatra may be only one island of many thousands within the archipelago of Indonesia but the diversity of the wildlife within is second to none. With many unique species fighting for small pockets of remaining habitat on the island of Sumatra with most of these species listed as endangered or critically endangered, the elephants of Sumatra being one of those listed as critically endangered with an estimated figure of 1000-1500 left in the wild.
The main threats to the Elephants of Sumatra is habitat destruction and poaching for the ivory trade. For the most part it is the habitat destruction that is causing so many problems for the remainder of the species. As the habitat reduces the elephants are constantly on the move looking for new areas that are suitable for their herd and this causes the elephants to enter into nearby villages causing issues for the local farmers and community that come into conflict with the elephants. Thus usually ending in capture or death for the elephants. A lot of cases see elephant herds poisoned as they enter into oil palm crops where farmers have left out fruit laced with poison…” 

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Zam Zam Orphanage Progress Report

After 3 days of demolishing and rebuilding it was good to report that things are progressing well. Despite the odd afternoon of rain there is no stopping these guys. The new structure is looking really good. Check out the video below to see the latest construction progress. So far the new brick walls are in and the roof is on and the base structure is in place.

 

The Walls

The Walls

 

Demolishing the old structure

Demolishing the old structure

 

New materials

New materials

 

The brick work for the new structure

The brick work for the new structure

 

 

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Zam Zam Water Pump Thank You Video

There have been some great supporters of the Zam Zam orphanage project and I promised a thank you video for those that contributed the most. Well this video is really for all those that contributed but special mention goes to..

Andy, Jason, Patty, Carol, Rob, Julie, Wendy, Leigh and Carol G. You all know who you are and a big thank you to you all. Thanks for digging deep for the Zam Zam orphanage and i am sure you will see in this video below that you have made quite a difference already. More work,to come…

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