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Sumatran elephants on loan
in Belgium

The government has sent a pair of Sumatran elephants to Belgium to enliven the Indonesian Park in Parc Paradisio in the European country.

Male elephant Valentino, 5 years old, and his partner Ani, 4, have become a center of attraction since their arrival on Aug. 17, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said.

Indonesian Ambassador to Belgium Nadjib Riphat Kesoema received the elephants, which were resettled under a breeding loan program signed by the two countries.

“The elephants are a special gift for diplomatic ties between Belgium and Indonesia which have lasted 60 years. It’s the first breeding loan program we have ever had in Europe,” Nadjib said.

The Indonesia Park, which occupies 6.2 hectares of land, was inaugurated by Tourism and Culture Minister Jero Wacik in May. Its collections include a Hindu temple, Timor and Toraja traditional houses and replicas of Borobudur and Prambanan temples.

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