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The Sumatran elephant (Elephas maximus sumatranus) is only found on the island of Sumatra. There are estimated to be only 1,100 to 1,500 elephants left in the wild, mainly due to the forests of Sumatra being converted for palm oil and pulp paper at an unprecedented and unsustainable rate.

Human conflict, deforestation and the accompanying habitat shrinkage have led to major conflict with elephants. Elephants raid food crops, destroy rubber, palm oil and coconut plantations and even more seriously, are increasingly responsible for the destruction of villages and a number of human deaths. Without the direct intervention by our Elephant Conflict Mitigation Units (ECMU), the end result is always the death of the elephants.

Elephants are highly intelligent and self-aware beings, therefore their needs can only be met when living in the wild in their natural family groups. This is the goal of the International Elephant Project's adoption program.

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