Elephant Response Units (ERUs) in Seblat in Sumatra
International Elephant Foundation, Bengkulu Province, Indonesia
The Seblat forest covers 7,737 hectares in Bengkulu Province, west Sumatra and is designated as a Tourism Nature Park. Home to a number of protected and endangered species of flora and fauna, including tiger, elephant, tapir, this critical piece of habitat is an important reservoir for wildlife and a critical link between the forest area and nearby Kerinci Seblat National Park. Yet proximity to local oil palm plantations and settlements makes this habitat under constant pressure from encroachments, illegal clearing, wildlife crime, and more. IEF’s support of regular patrols and informal community outreach will continue to secure this valuable patch of habitat used by some of Sumatra’s most threatened but magnificent creatures.