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Pacific Northwest News q Volume 25 Number 22 q November 16, 2015 q www.asianreporter.com
Trained elephants help
control forest fires in Indonesia
A handshake 66
years in the making
arrives in Indonesia
PACHYDERM PATROL. Forestry officials load a water pump on the back of an elephant prior to the start of a patrol at an area affected by forest fire in Siak, Riau
province, Indonesia. Officials in Indonesia are using trained elephants to carry water pumps and other equipment to help patrol burned areas in the national forest to ensure
that fires don’t reappear after smoldering beneath peat lands. (AP Photo/Rony Muharrman)
Aung San Suu Kyi wins
SIAK, Indonesia (AP) — Forest fires
difficult to control? Call in the pachyderm
Officials in Indonesia are using trained
elephants outfitted with water pumps and
hoses to help control fires that have
claimed vast amounts of forest while
sending thick haze into neighboring
For nearly three months, Riau province
in East Sumatra has been blanketed by
smoke from forest fires and land clearing,
especially in peat-rich areas where flames
are difficult to contain.
At the elephant conservation center in
Siak district, 23 trained elephants are
being used as “forest watchdogs.”
Carrying water pumps and other
equipment, elephants and their crews
patrol burned areas in the national forest
to ensure that fires don’t reappear after
smoldering beneath the peat lands.
Supartono, the head of the Riau Forestry
Division, who uses one name, said the
elephants had earlier been trained to help
patrol forests to find people encroaching
illegally, as well as to resolve frequent
conflicts between wild elephants and
people by driving the wild elephants that
enter human settlements back to their
So far, Indonesia has been unable to put
out the raging fires this year because of
intentional burning and a rain shortage.
Much of the forest land that was burned
in the past 17 years was converted into oil
palm and pulp plantations. Data from the
Riau Forest Fire Prevention Taskforce
show more than 25,000 acres of forests and
land have been burned in the province.
Environment and Forestry minister Siti
Nurbaya says about 4.2 million acres of
forests and plantation land have been
razed by fires throughout Sumatra and
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