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Jakarta Post

Humans, elephants clash in Jambi village

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jambi   /   Thu, March 14 2019   /  01:16 am

The last time Usman and other residents of Semerantihan village in Sumay district, Tebo regency, Jambi, had a good night’s sleep without worrying that a herd of Sumatran elephants would roam into their residential area was four years ago.Semerantihan village is located within the 508,000-hectare Bukit Tigapuluh ecosystem that stretches from Riau to Jambi. The ecosystem is considered to be the last sanctuary for several endangered species, including the Sumatran orangutan, tiger and elephant.Every night, villagers go on patrol around the village to drive away the elephants and prevent them from entering their local plantation. Usman said a herd consisting of at least 30 elephants regularly circled the village.“These elephants like to come into our plantation. They eat or stomp on our crops,” Usman told The Jakarta Post recently.Even though they are suffering from losses as a result ...