The Jakarta Post
A Sumatran elephant was found dead on Wednesday at a community plantation in Pidie regency, Aceh.
Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) head Agus Arianto said he did not yet know the cause the elephant’s death.
“The BKSDA’s medical team has been dispatched to the location. We are awaiting the examination results to learn the exact time and cause of the elephant’s death,” Agus said on Wednesday, as quoted by tempo.co.
Agus added that the elephant had sustained an injury to its right leg. However, he could not say if the injury was the cause of the animal’s death until the results of the examination were known.
The elephants, which are found in the wild only on the island of Sumatra, are a critically endangered species.
The Aceh BKSDA urged the public to preserve the elephants’ habitat by refraining from destroying the forest.
“Destroying elephant habitat could lead to conflict with humans. This conflict could cause financial losses and the deaths of the animals and humans involved,” Agus said. (dpk)