July 14, 2013
A man looks at the carcass of a male Sumatran elephant, its head and trunks mutilated and ivory tusks missing, in Aceh Jaya district on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. According to the Natural Resources Conservation Agency, the elephant was killed by a booby trap set up by unidentified people. Three elephants were found dead in May in Tesso Nilo National Park, south of Aceh. Fewer than 3,000 endangered Sumatran elephants remain in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Rampant expansion of palm oil, paper plantations, and mines have destroyed nearly 70 percent of the Sumatran elephant’s forest habitat over 25 years, conservationists says, and the animals remain a target of poaching.