01 Jun '12, 7pm

3 Elephants Killed on Indonesian oil palm plantation in Sumatra

Sumatran elephant in South Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler Three critically endangered Sumatran elephants were poisoned to death within an palm oil plantation on the island of Sumatra, reports the Associated Press . Rono Wiranata of FAKTA, an Indonesia NGO, said the three elephants were found in two locations on a state-run oil palm plantation in Aceh province. It appears the elephants had eaten poised palm fruit. Plantation workers told Wiranata more elephants may die due to the poison. The deaths come less than a month after another elephant was killed in the same district. Its tusks were removed, presumably for to sell in the lucrative ivory market. Environmental group WWF called for an investigation into that killing. Conflict between villagers and elephants is increasingly common as forest habitat shrinks in Sumatra due to agricultural expansion and estab...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0601-elephants-killed-palm-...

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