Update: notes from the field. did i just say rhino 🦏 instead of elephant 🐘? the forest elephants of the leuser ecosystem are one of the last populations of forest elephants that hold both native ranges and their social systems in the way they have existed since before people inhabited the islands.
this project is directed at channeling funds to the simple step of determining how the elephants live so we can plan on how to best protect them. home ranges, territory overlaps between families and herd viability are all top of the list. we need to devote more energy to training and demonstrating how to do this in january. we finish the elephant-collaring program and line the rangers up to better manage their elephants. more importantly we give them the data analysis tools that we’ve learnt in central africa so they don’t have to start from scratch.
this is a rare opportunity to help an even more rare elephant species get the foundation they need to survive in this ecosystem.
the interactive nature of forest elephants means they influence the daily habits of hundreds of species throughout the forests they live in. from full canopy trees to amphibians on the floor, all are directly benefiting from the pretense we set here. protecting the ecosystem’s flow and interactions is as important as protecting the land it sits on. without those interactions the land simply stops harboring these species.
Take a look at this gem from our video archive: separated from mom, this young elephant hurries towards his family, passing some buffalo along the way. he nuzzles his sibling and mom, stella, when he reaches them. 💕🐘
The intertwining of agricultural land and protected forest in the guinean highlands can be both beautiful and heartbreaking, as with many things in africa, and it’s important to appreciate a degree of necessity in the narratives we attach to it. here you can see three layers of the development of guinean landscape around sérédou: wetland fields for cultivating rice (on a scale for consumption by the same communities tending to them); beyond, a belt of palm forest; and finally the mountains of classified forest in which all natural resource extraction is, in theory, forbidden.
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📍sérédou, guinea 🇬🇳
Happy world elephant 🐘 day! #happyworldelephantday helps us make a difference for the last of the wild herds of sumatran elephants in the leuser ecosystem. to find out more, follow the link in @paulhiltonphoto bio. help us protect one of the worlds wild places. join & share the movement!https://www.lovetheleuser.org
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