The goal of alternative livelihoods is not simply to come up with an alternative activity that theoretically provides choice and hopefully promotes sustainability as much of the current work in this area seems to do.
Meet Cokro or more affectionately known as Ucok. He is 20 years old and recently had a checkup and his regular dosage of de-wormers.
Direct sightings of wildlife in the tropical forest environments of Sumatra, Indonesia, can be very difficult. Many species in this region are increasingly becoming critically endangered and better data is needed to understand population numbers and movement in the remaining protected forest areas. The proposed work will provide a better understanding about the biodiversity of […]
Amelia is gorgeous girl of Tangkahan in North Sumatra and part of the camp of about 8 elephants of the camp at Tangkahan. She was born at the camp in 2010 and is always the little darling looking for attention from every body around her. Amelia is part of the VESSWIC Elephant Healthcare Program that looks […]
Sadat is arguably the biggest captive elephant in Sumatra and lives in the north west of Sumatra in the Aceh province in camp Saree. In 2004 Sadat helped with the clean up of Banda Aceh after the 2004 tsunami. Sadat is part of the VESSWIC Elephant Healthcare Program that looks after more than 180 elephants within […]
Karnangun is a patrol elephant working for the Conservation Program for VESSWIC but he also is part of the Elephant Healthcare program as a captive elephant of Way Kambas. The VESSWIC Elephant Healthcare Program looks after more than 180 elephants within various camps throughout Sumatra. Karnangun requires $450 per year for his healthcare and food […]
Tria is a treasure of Seblat, Bengkulu but has recently been unwell so has had a lot of special attention from the VESSWIC vets. Tria is part of the VESSWIC Elephant Healthcare Program that looks after more than 180 elephants within Sumatra and she requires $450 per year for her medication and food alone. […]
Harris is a big boy of Seblat, Bengkulu who was originally with a circus in Sumatra and now resides in the peaceful surrounds of Sumatra. Harris was born in 1987 and only arrived at the Elephant Conservation Center in Seblat in 2011. Harris is part of the VESSWIC Elephant Healthcare Program that looks after more […]
Yekti is a 3 month old Sumatran elephant calf who was recently found snared in the Way Kambas national park. Unfortunately she is another case of human elephant conflict that is on the increase throughout Sumatra. Yekti is recovering well from the nasty snare wound she received and is getting 30+ litres of milk every day.
Improved and additional strategies are needed to better protect remaining wildlife habitats and wildlife. The utilisation of small groups of captive elephants and Mahouts (4 – 8 Individuals) in so called conservation or patrol units is a concept that has been successfully developed during the past 10 years…