KEMENTERIAN LINGKUNGAN HIDUP

REPUBLIK INDONESIA

Pekanbaru, Riau. The carcasses of two Sumatran elephants were discovered at the TessO Nilo National Park in Pelalawan, Riau, an official said on Monday.
The discovery comes not long after the carcass of a young male elephant was found without its tusks at Petani village in bengkalis district.


Hayani Suprachman, head of the national park, said the two elephant carcasses were found at differenttimed and locations.
The first one was found around 9 pm on Saturday night and the second a few hours later.
“The second carcass was found about 100 meters from the first,” Hayani said.
“We have strong assumptions that those two were [deliberately] killed,” he said.
The first carcass, around 5 to 6 years old, was found with its right tusk missing and half of its left tusk had been chopped off. The second elephant, believed to be around 6 to 7 years old, still had its tusks.
Hayani said the case was being investigated by the Ukui subdistrict police and the Riau Natural Resources Conservation Agency with help from the Riau chapter of the World Wildlife Fund, an NGO.
Trisnu Danisworo, head of the Riau Natural Resources Conservation Agency, said a team had been dispatched to investigate the killings, although any legal enforcement would be left in the hands of the National Park officials.
Despite suspicions the elephants were killed for their tusks, Hayani believed the elephants were killed by people who were illegally setting up plantations in protected areas.
“At the moment, we suspect that the killings were not intended to get the tusks because these were the work of amateur hunters. If they were professionals, they would not have left the tusks behind,” he said.
“It’s most likely the work of illegal planters because these animals were killed in areas that have been illegally opened for plantations.”
He said the recent killings undermined the government’s effort to conserve the elephants, especially considering that there are only around 100 left at the national park.
Originally, Tesso Nilo National Park only covered around  38,000 hectares but was expanded to 86,000 hectares last year.(Budi Otmansyah)

Source :
Jakarta Globe
March 30, 2010
page A2