WCS 3-Sentence Science
A Baseline for Sumatran Elephants
November 22, 2019
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.
Here we present work by WCS’s Valentine Kheng on developing baseline information on elephants in Sumatra.
- Sumatran elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus) are now critically endangered due to habitat degradation, habitat fragmentation, poaching and human elephant conflict (HEC).
- Researchers conducted baseline research on Sumatran elephants in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (BBSNP) to determine sex, age, and distribution.
- The results revealed that 30.8 percent were sub-adult males, 21.2 percent were sub-adult females, 13.5 percent were adult females, 9.6 percent were adult males and 5.8 percent were juvenile males, with 19.2 percent sex of the samples unconfirmed.
Study and Journal: “Determinaton of sex, age, and spatial distribution of Sumatran elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus) in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park” from AIP Conference Proceedings
WCS Co-Author(s): Valentine Kheng, Technical Support for Country Director, WCS Indonesia Program.
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