27 Apr '15, 1pm

Two more Sumatran elephants found dead in Aceh

Two more Sumatran elephants found dead in Aceh

A bull elephant was found dead in West Aceh on April 13. Its tusks were missing; its trunk was severed from its body. Photo: Khaidar A pair of critically endangered Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus ) were found dead this month in Indonesia's Aceh province, just the latest casualties for a species that has been brought into increasing conflict with humans amid the country's oil palm boom. First, on April 13 in Kareung Hampa village, West Aceh regency, a bull elephant was found with its tusks missing and trunk severed about 150 meters from an oil palm estate belonging to Agro Sinergi Nusantara. It was thought to have perished a week earlier. An autopsy revealed a bullet hole in the elephant's head, likely the work of poachers in search of ivory, according to Genman Suhefti Hasibuan, the head of Aceh's Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA). Poachers have...

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