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The Sumatran elephant is a beautiful animal, but its numbers are dwindling: WWF estimates there are just 2,400-2,800 left in the wild, and perhaps as few as 100 on the island of Sumatra itself. 

As their habitats get smaller due to illegal logging, farming and encroachment, they inevitably come into contact with humans where they can damage crops and property. The conflict sometimes ends in the deaths of both humans and elephants. 

To help combat this APRIL Group set up two Elephant Flying Squads: teams of trained elephants who patrol the forests and lead wild elephants away from human settlements.

 

Jakarta Globe has told the story of Ihsan Kusnaidi, a man who was inspired to join APRIL’s Fire Free Village Program (FFVP) after the 2015 haze left his son suffering from severe respiratory illness.

Riaupos.co has published a story about one man’s efforts to prevent fire as part of APRIL’s Fire Free Village Program (FFVP).

Helmi, from Tolam, Pelalawan, Riau Province, helps educate the community on the risks of fire as part of FFVP, which rewards local populations for preventing burning on their land.

Jakarta Globe has produced a special report on the community development work of APRIL subsidiary Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP) to help local women become batik makers and earn extra income for their families.

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