Only 150 Sumatran Elephants Remain in Jambi (Indonesia)


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The population of wild Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximum Sumatranus)
in Jambi has plunged to only 150, according to a survey of the Jambi
Natural Resources Conservation Office (BKSDA).

The population might further decrease due to the rampant poaching of
elephants for ivory in Jambi, Syahimin, the Jambi BKSDA chief, stated
here, Thursday.

The average life expectancy of Sumatran elephants is some 60 years.

Since 2013, seven elephant poaching cases have come to light, but only
one case was successfully solved, and the poachers were detained.

One elephant was recently found dead with its ivory missing in Tebo
District, Jambi Province. In connection with the case, two people were
arrested, while three others are still at large.