Sunday, 20 May 2012

Second Critically Endangered Sumatran elephant poisoned

May 2012. A critically-endangered Sumatran elephant has been poisoned in Ace, Indonesia. The carcass was found without its tusks, and it is unclear if the elephant was killed by poachers or villagers in an effort to protect their crops.

This is the second Sumatran elephant poisoned recently. An 18-year-old female Sumatran elephant was suspected to have been poisoned at an Indonesian oil palm plantation in Aceh.

There may be as few as 2000 elephants left in Sumatra, a drop in population of more than 80% since 1980. The few that are left are under serious pressure from habitat encroachment and deforestation.

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