Habitat loss imperils Indonesia elephants

Deforestation forces critically endangered Sumatran elephant into deadly confrontations with people.

    The loss of habitat and deforestation is causing conflict between man and elephant in Indonesia.
    The population of the Sumatran elephant, listed as critically endangered, has already declined by more than 80 percent in the last 75 years.

    As more land is being cleared for plantations and mines, more herds of elephants are being driven out of forests to search for food.

    As a result, villagers say that the giant animals have increasingly destroyed their crops, damaged buildings and injured people, prompting them to set up deadly traps for the elephants.

    Al Jazeera's Florence Looi reports from Aceh Jaya.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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