Elephant Health Care Programme: Sumatra

Health Care Programme, sumatra ( photoshop photo to look better)

Elephant Health Care

Relief for working elephants

Why is this project so important?

Within the last 15 years the Sumatran elephant population is believed to have decreased by 35%. The Sumatran elephant is the most endangered of all the world’s elephants. With less than 3,000 left in the wild, forest clearance has already halved their population within one generation.
Poor land use planning and the growth of oil palm plantations and smallholder farms have meanwhile brought people and wild elephants into close proximity, leading to conflict. Indonesia is the largest producer of palm oil in the world (Sumatra is an island state of Indonesia). Expanding palm oil plantations are therefore a huge threat to remaining elephant habitats.

Project Partner: Veterinary Society for Sumatran Wildlife Conservation (VESSWIC)

Duration: 2007 – present

Sumatran elephant population: 2400 - 2800

Project goals

  • To contribute to the survival of the critically endangered Sumatran elephant subspecies (Elephas maximus sumatranus) by providing professional veterinary care and management support to ensure the health and welfare of the captive and wild elephants.

What we do

To stop the elephant conflict problem in Indonesia the government has removed what were deemed ‘rogue’ elephants from the wild into elephant conservation camps. Elephant Family funds vets to care for these animals and improve camp management, helping to alleviate the suffering of these critically endangered creatures. We also fund the Conservation Response Units that work with these elephants to patrol deep into forests and tackle illegal deforestation.