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Suci and calf. Credit: Mahdi Ismail/FFI

Elephant born in Aceh conservation camp

Posted on: 21.09.12 (Last edited) 24 September 2012

Banda Aceh’s newest elephant recruit born on Tuesday morning. Mother and calf doing well.

A Sumatran elephant in the Conservation Response Unit (CRU) in Aceh Jaya district, Aceh gave birth to a female calf early Tuesday morning.

Suci and calf. Credit: Mahdi Ismail/FFI

Suci and calf. Credit: Mahdi Ismail/FFI

The 20-year-old elephant, known as Suci (meaning ‘holy’ in bahasa) was impregnated by a wild elephant living in the forested area near the conservation camp. Wahdi Azmi, Fauna & Flora International’s Field Manager in Aceh, said, “The birth is welcome news for conservationists working to save this species from extinction.”

Aceh CRU's new baby Sumatran elephant. Credit: Mahdi Ismail/FFI

Aceh CRU's new baby Sumatran elephant. Credit: Mahdi Ismail/FFI

The Sumatran elephant is listed by the IUCN as Critically Endangered, having lost almost 70% of its natural habitat in the last 25 years, mainly due to forest conversion for agriculture.

You can help contribute to our work with Asian elephants in Indonesia and Cambodia, by donating here.

Suci and her new calf. Credit: Mahdi Ismail/FFI

Suci and her new calf. Credit: Mahdi Ismail/FFI

Written by
Ally Catterick

Ally worked in media management and PR for clients including comedians Eddie Izzard and Ed Byrne before becoming Publicity Manager for the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Strategy and communications for conservation organisation Greening Australia and her role as Unit and Company Publicist for production company Roving Enterprises followed, until she was introduced to FFI upon their arrival in Australia in 2008. Ally became a founding board member – until moving to the UK to become the organisation's Communications Manager. Ally is now FFI's Deputy Director of Communications and oversees all communications for FFI globally.

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