NUSADAILY.COM-ACEH – Two wild Sumatran elephants were found dead in two places this week. One was found in East Aceh, another in Riau. The condition of the dead elephant found in Riau, its head and trunk was cut off and the tusks had disappeared.
In East Aceh, elephants were found dead in the plantation area of PT Atakana in Seumanah Jaya Village, Rantau Peureulak District, East Aceh Regency, Aceh. The wreck of the Sumatran elephant was discovered Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by plantation workers.
Head of the Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), Agus Arianto, said the female elephant weighed approximately three tons. On Thursday 21 November 2019, the BKSDA team conducted a necropsy (autopsy) on the carcass of the elephant to send samples to the National Police Center.
“The medical team estimates that the age of death of this elephant was approximately 8-10 days ago, with an estimated age of around 25 years,” Agus said as reported by Kumparan.com, Thursday, November 21, 2019.
Until now the cause of elephant death is unclear. BKSDA Aceh chose to wait for the results of sample testing from the National Police Center.
While in Riau, an elephant died in Duri II District, PT Arara Abadi’s industrial forest concession area, Tasik Serai Village, Talang Muandau District, Bengkalis Regency, Riau.
Reporting from VOA, Head of Region II of the Riau Natural Resources Conservation Center (BBKSDA), Heru Sutmantoro said that he received information on the discovery of the Sumatran elephant carcass on Monday 18 November 2019 at around 11:45 WIB.
Reporting from bbksdariau.id, it is suspected that the death of the wild Sumatran elephant was due to ivory hunting. When found, the elephant’s head was cut off. Then the base of the trunk is separated from the body by a distance of one meter. Both of the tusks have also disappeared.
Based on the survey results, up to now the total population of wild Sumatran elephants is estimated at 40 individuals. The main threat to Sumatran elephants is the loss of their habitat due to deforestation, hunting and illegal trade. Including because of the conversion of natural forests to large-scale plantations. (mel/yos)