HOME

NEWS

CHARITIES

VOLUNTEER

ACTION CENTER

ADD CHARITY

CONTACT

SUPPORT

World Environment Community Health Animals Celebrity Submit A Site Find A Charity
Deforestation Pits Elephants Against Man in Nunukan

By Tunggadewa Mattangkilan, Jakarta Globe

2021 days ago   Article ID# 1540291
Original URL

 

World Wildlife Fund

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (Jakarta Globe) - Elephants are increasingly coming into conflict with humans in the East Kalimantan district of Nunukan as more of the forest is cleared away for palm oil plantations and timber estates, a wildlife activist said on Friday.

Wiwin Effendi, a coordinator for the East Kalimantan chapter of the World Wildlife Fund, said a 2007 survey estimated the elephant population in Nunukan at between 30 and 80, with most of the animals located in Tobun Onsoi subdistrict.

“Elephants are now venturing into human settlements about once every seven months, and this has been going on since 2006. Companies have to help people shoo the elephants away from their fields,” Wiwin said.

But he warned that with more of their forest habitat disappearing, the elephants would come into more frequent contact with villages on the rim of the forest, increasing the risk for both humans and animals.

Wiwin said his organization was planning to release updated information on the elephant population in Nunukan in June.

Rahmat Suba, a biodiversity conservation lecturer at Mulawarman University in Samarinda, the provincial capital, said the government needed to limit the large-scale clearing of forests for plantations and mines.

“If the land near the elephants’ habitat is cleared, it is only natural that the elephants will find their food sources depleted,” he said. “And when that happens, herds of elephants will rampage through human settlements in search of food.”

He said the elephants in Nunukan mostly lived near the Sibuda, Afgison and Apan rivers.

He said that despite their smaller size, elephants in Kalimantan required about two hectares of forest to feed each day.

The Borneo elephant, also called the Borneo pygmy elephant, is much smaller than its cousins in the jungles of Sumatra.

It has been listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation as the main threats to the species.

Copyright 2017 Jakarta Globe   (Copyright Terms)
Updated 2021 days ago   Article ID# 1540291

World Wildlife Fund    View Charity Profile    Visit Website

More World Wildlife Fund News

Tiny Mexican porpoise on the brink of extinction can only be saved by captivity

171 days ago From thejournal.ie 

DUBLIN, IRELAND - ...

Rhino wars not over: WWF

233 days ago From enca.com 

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - ...

Alert: 3,890 wild tigers left on earth

240 days ago From koreatimes.co.kr 

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - ...

Tons of pangolin scales up in flames in Cameroon

241 days ago From panda.org 

GLAND, SWITZERLAND - ...

WWF calls for fishing ban to save last of vaquita porpoises

255 days ago From seattletimes.com 

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - ...

Go to page:   1    2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next >> 

<< Return To Animal News

Action Center

Climate change will bring more and more heat waves

Action: Climate Change

The heat in Malaysia often feels next to unbearable. For days on end, the sun is scorching and the heat is sweltering. That, ...

End Phosphate Mining in Manatee County

Action: Wildlife Conservation

The expansion of phosphate mining in Manatee County would threaten freshwater resources in the Myakka and Peace River watersh ...

Amazon basin deforestation could disrupt distant rainforest by remote climate connection

Action: Stop Deforestation

The ongoing deforestation around the fringes of the Amazon may have serious consequences for the untouched deeper parts of th ...

Stop coal mining assault on this roadless forest

Action: Stop Pollution

President Trump has been clear since day one that he’s turning over the nation’s public lands and environment to King Coa ...

Defend our wildlife from the search for Atlantic oil

Action: Save Our Oceans

From Maine to Florida, people along the East Coast strongly oppose offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean -- yet ...

View All Actions >>

 

 

Charities

News

Follow Us

Support

Find A Charity

Action Center

World

Community

Facebook

Twitter Support

Contact

Volunteer

Add A Site

Environment

Animals

Google+

Privacy Policy

Copyright

 

 

Health

Celebrity

Terms of Service

Copyright The Charity Vault All rights reserved.