Habitat loss causes direct conflict between elephant and human in Aceh

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Herd of elephants. (Source: voaindonesia)

Kamarudzaman said his agency has taken various steps to prevent the conflict while taking into account the wellbeing of the animal.

“However, because the habitat has been largely damaged, it is increasingly difficult to handle it. Nevertheless, we will continue to strive, at least to prevent the death of these protected animals,” he said.

Kamarudzaman said elephant population in Aceh Province is currently estimated at 500-600 individuals. Other than habitat loss, they are also being hunted to near extinction.

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“We don’t know where to take the herd of elephants anymore because the forest area that is their habitat has been turned into oil palm plantations,” he concluded. (un)