Sumatran Elephant’s Dietary Ecology, Movement and Habitat Use: Using Ecological Approach to save Endangered Asian Elephant and Their Habitat in Sumatra, Indonesia

To date no studies have attempted to assess elephant dietary ecology, habitat quality and composition in Sumatra and link them with elephant movement and crop raiding behavior around elephant habitat. This pilot study was the first that identified the dietary preferences of Sumatran elephants and measured their use of the habitat around the Seblat Elephant Conservation Camp (SECC) in an effort to: 1) investigate elephant dietary ecology in various habitat types; 2) determine elephant movement, home range behavior and habitat use within SECC area and the corridor to Kerinci Seblat National Park; and 3) identify crop raiding around SECC.

IEF #1005

Project Years: 2007 – 2008

Project Partners:
Arnold F. Sitompul, University of Massachusetts