Ginting and her herd have been keeping our Elephant Conservation and Monitoring Units (ECMU) busy over the last six months.
Ginting's herd foraging
A significant reduction in the home range of the Ginting elephants has occurred. Since the last update, there has been a decrease of 73 km2 in Ginting's ranging area. Ginting's current range, totaling 94 km2, is concentrated in areas prone to human-elephant conflict, particularly in Semambu Village and Muara Sekalo Village. The concentration of movement in these areas is a result of the high level of human activity within the steppingstone patch, which connects the south side of the corridor to the north side on the Mendelang River and Pekundangan River.
Ginting's herd currently consists of 10-15 individuals, Additionally, 4-5 young male elephants have been observed leaving the group often, venturing into the community plantation area alone or in small groups. Land conversion changes at the Mendelang River location within the community's legal area further complicate the elephants' ability to return to the north side of the WKS corridor road. The ECMU recorded this amazing footage of Ginting's herd recently- how many elephants can you count?
They even managed to observe some of the elephants in ther herd recently having a nap.
The ECMU team continues its efforts to monitor and mitigate conflicts in order to create space for the elephant group to return to the north side of the corridor road. Thank you to our Ginting adopters for helping to keep her safe and protected in the Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem.
(Program run by Ministry of Environment and Forestry and Frankfurt Zoological Society).