Understanding ranging behavior and habitat use of the Sumatran elephant and assessing the consequences of habitat loss and anthropogenic disturbances, Sumatra

Determining the home range size and habitat use of the Sumatran elephant, estimating the size of the elephant population using dung counts and creating a map of elephant habitats using aerial photography in Northern Sumatra helps conserve the species in a landscape that is rapidly declining due to human development, illegal logging and oil palm plantations. To obtain the necessary information satellite collaring of three elephants from different elephant herds was employed so as to monitor their ranging behavior with respect to habitat status, land use and human activities within and adjoining their home ranges.

IEF #1026

Project Years: 2016 – 2018

Project Partners:
Dr. Gaius Wilson, Provincial Agency for Forest Protection and Nature Conservation, Syiah Kuala University in Aceh