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The Sumatran elephant is on the brink of extinction. Within a single generation they have lost half of their population. Their one big glimmer of hope is Aceh Province in the northwest.
Aceh’s verdant rainforest is one of the largest in Southeast Asia, and is the only place in the world where elephants, tigers, orangutans and rhinos all still live together. Up until now it has been a beacon of hope for wildlife diversity.
But, Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry is close to accepting a proposal that would open Aceh’s pristine forest for mining, logging, and palm oil production.
This would not only be a disaster for the wildlife, but also the local people that depend on the forest. The loss of forest will push elephants into conflict with villagers and expose the area to flooding.
All hope for the…
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