Privileged Insight into the Lives of Asian elephants Found by FFI
AKP Phnom Penh, May 07, 2019 --
Footage from the 46 camera traps deployed by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains is giving a privileged insight into the lives of the Asian elephants that roam through in one of the continent’s last remaining forest wildernesses, according to FFI.
“Genetic analysis of elephant dung undertaken by our partner, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, leads FFI to believe that the core population in the southern Cardamoms comprises around 50 elephants. And FFI’s camera traps have provided with intimate footage of some of these magnificent beasts, including their calves,” said FFI.
Unfortunately, it added, FFI’s monitoring has also revealed that the remaining elephants are under severe pressure, not least from the growing use of snares, a disturbing trend linked to the increased urban appetite for bushmeat.
Asian elephant calves are particularly vulnerable; their smaller legs mean that they are more prone to serious injury from wire snares, and they are more likely to die of their wounds, said FFI, continuing that one baby elephant caught on camera in late 2017 walked with a pronounced limp and had a badly swollen foreleg – apparently the result of a deep wound inflicted by a snare.
By Khan Sophirom