TheIndonesia.id - Jambi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) is investigating the death of a male Sumatran elephant in a rubber plantation located in Suo-suo village in Tebo regency, Jambi.
As reported by Antara on Friday, September 2, team from BKSDA Jambi carried out necropsy by taking a number of organs (including spleen, lungs, intestines, liver, and heart) from the carcass and took them to a primate research center in Bogor where histopathological and toxicological examinations will be carried out.
Previously, upon report from locals, BKSDA Jambi deployed a team to location and found the elephant carcass who was estimated to be five years old at the time of death.
Witness reportedly first saw the carcass on August 28, and on August 30, a team of forest rangers and veterinarians were deployed, and upon further study and examination, the animal is estimated to have been dead for four days. No scar nor wound was found on the animal.
Sumatran elephants are protected in Indonesia, and currently, there are about 90 to 120 of them in their natural habitat in Alam Bukit Tigapuluh in Jambi.
BKSDA Jambi lastly warned local residents to refrain from using hazardous objects and substances that could harm elephants and other wildlife animals.