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Helping solve Conservation and Humanitarian issues through Indonesia
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New MoU in Place
To support our elephant conservation efforts head to the official Berdiri website http://www.berdiri.org



This month is a landmark for us here at Berdiri. We have signed a new 3 year MoU with the local conservation agency (BKSDA) here in Bengkulu to continue on the much needed conservation efforts for the critically endangered Sumatran elephants. The next three years will entail a few projects. First and our focus for now is to implement an electric fence for the camp elephants of PLG Seblat so they can be chain free, free to roam and socialize and to encourage the opportunity to breed.
This is the beginning of a long term plan and there will be many small, medium and large projects to aid in the conservation of the critically endangered elephants here is Sumatra.
A big thank you to those that have stuck by awaiting to make this happen. Especially the amazing conservation team of Tulsa Zoo.


http://www.berdiri.org/berdiri-projects/mou-2/ #Bengkulu, #Conservation, #EcoTourism, #ElectricFence, #Elephants, #Mou, #Plg, #Seblat
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Radio Collar Tracking
The FZS (Frankfurt Zoological Society) have been running some successful projects in the Jambi region of Sumatra. One of those being the tracking of wild elephants through the use of radio collars. By attaching a radio collar to one elephant in a herd the FZS team can effectively track the entre herd and can act quickly in the event the herd might get too close to a village. This helps prevent human/elephant conflict and further deaths of the critically endangered Sumatran elephant.
Full article on Elephants of Sumatra http://elephantsofsumatra.com/radio-collar-tracking/

http://www.berdiri.org/wildlife/radio-collar-tracking/ #Collar, #CriticallyEndangered, #Elephants, #FZS, #Herd, #Jambi, #Radio, #Tracking, #Wild
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Wild Elephants of Way Kambas
A gorgeous herd of wild elephants make their way across the Way Kambas National park in the early morning hours captured on the Berdiri (http://www.berdiri.org) camera traps.
[KGVID]http://elephantsofsumatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Gajah-Liar.m4v[/KGVID]

http://www.berdiri.org/wildlife/wild-elephants-of-way-kambas/ #Baby, #CameraTraps, #Conservation, #Elephant, #Elephants, #WayKambas, #Wild
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Test Post from Bruce Levick - Photographer - Artist - Traveler - Conservationist
Test Post from Bruce Levick – Photographer – Artist – Traveler – Conservationist

http://www.brucelevick.com

http://www.berdiri.org/wildlife/test-post-from-bruce-levick-photographer-artist-traveler-conservationist/
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Electric Fence and Chain Free Elephants - Currently the elephants of the Elephant Conservation Center in Seblat Bengkulu do not have sufficient resources to provide a safe environment for the elephants to mingle and given the opportunity to breed. The elephants are subsequently secured via chains at night time separately giving them no ability to mingle and of course adding to their stress levels. We have been working on a plan to help the local conservation agency correct this issue by providing an electric fence for the elephants to be placed in at night to mingle and be chain free. Giving the elephants the opportunity to breed and roam free from the chains. We are close to having our MoU signed with this project and many other projects to assist in the conservation efforts for the elephants of Sumatra. We already are halfway there for our funding and need just a little bit more to achieve our goal and have the fence built to provide a better life for these amazing animals.
Project Summary
Creating a manageable electric fence inside PLG Seblat for the safe keeping of the elephants. Creating the opportunity for a breeding program as well as improving the living standards for the elephants in the same process.



As a local NGO working to help in the conservation efforts of the Sumatran Elephant the Berdiri Foundation would like to assist PLG Seblat to continue in the conservation efforts for the elephants of Sumatra.
Assisting in this project Berdiri will help provide all logistics and funding to build an electric fence inside PLG Seblat.
Project Goals and Objectives
Overall project goal:
To assist BKSDA Bengkulu in the effective conservation efforts required to preserve the lives of the elephants of PLG Seblat. 
Through the project activities the following objectives shall be met:

The successful completion of the build of an electric fence for the elephants.
Electric fence to run off solar panels
Implementing the program for management of the electric fence and the breeding program
Providing a safe and viable habitat for the elephants to mingle and breed
Allowing the elephants to be chain free
Daily monitoring through cameras connected to mobile networks and mobile phone of the PLG coordinator and Berdiri staff

Project Activities, Methods and Timetable


In collaboration with PLG Seblat elephant carers and coordinators Berdiri will provide a working electric fence within 1 month of project approval.
Providing a place for elephants to mingle chain free

Build a self energising electric fence

Upon receiving logistics to build the fence. Transport the goods to PLG Seblat
Arriving with the logistics, equipment with 2-3 contractors from Berdiri to work alongside the elephant keepers for 3-4 days to build and implement the fence
Train the elephant keepers and elephants to safely use the electric fence without the need for chains for 1-2 days.
Berdiri will provide ongoing support to maintain the fence if the need for repairs or maintenance in required
Berdiri will provide the system to maintain the use of the fence consistently and regularly




See the 360 overview of Seblat here.
Upon approval of the project the build materials will be ordered from Jakarta and arrive within 1 week. The goods along with contracts from Berdiri will then transfer to PLG Seblat and work with the local elephant handlers to implement the fence within 1 week.
PLG Seblat Electric Fence
Project Benefits
The following achievements will be reached by the proposed project:

Allowing the elephants to reside in a location where they will be allowed to mingle
Will give the opportunity to create a breeding program to help boost the conservation of the critically endangered Sumatran elephant.
Will provide a better quality of life not needing to be chained to a single location.
Fence will be self energising from solar power.
Monitoring camera traps to monitor the elephants in the fence for day and night monitoring. Cameras will send data to the mobile phone of the PLG manager and Berdiri for use in communication with donors.

Such achievements will significantly contribute to a potential breeding program and a better quality of life for the elephants of PLG Seblat.
- http://www.berdiri.org/cause-view/electric-fence-chain-free-elephants/ -
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Way Kambas Foot Patrols and Camera Traps - Project Goals and Objectives
To protect the Cabang area and the remaining wildlife including the remaining wild herds of elephants and secondly to document the remaining numbers of wild elephants and tigers inside the northern section of the TNWK. 
Through the project activities the following objectives shall be met:

Placing camera traps and collecting data in the Cabang area of the TNWK for an initial period of 12 months
Collecting data every month from the camera traps, conducting surveys and then re-placing them in new locations that are planned to increase the capture range of the project.
Document wildlife and protected areas of the Way Kambas National Park using camera trap technology
Conduct 7 day foot patrols once per month to increase the amount of protection for this area.

The data collected will assist in the protection of the Cabang area and the remaining wild elephants and tigers.

Project Activities, Methods and Timetable
Objective 1: Foot patrols in the Cabang area of the TNWK.

Patrol Units

6 patrol staff trekking into the Cabang area for 7 days of TNWK to survey and protect against illegal activity being carried out inside the national park.



Objective 2: Camera traps and the collection of data and the use of such data to help build information on remaining wild herds in the Cabang Area



Placing camera traps

As patrols are conducted cameras are placed and data also collected to help protect the Cabang area.








Forest cat
Droppings from the rare Sumatran rhino
Collecting and placing camera traps
The conservation project leader for the Berdiri foundation will coordinate all involvement with the ERU team leaders to help provide the best solution for the above objectives over the following twelve months.
Project Benefits
The following achievements will be reached by the proposed project:

Protecting the Cabang area with regular foot patrols
Preventing further damage to the Cabang area
Successful gathering of data to help in surveying the remaining populations of elephants in the Cabang area of the TNWK
Data collected will help document the number of species throughout the Cabang area of the TNWK making it more viable and more potential to protect



Such achievements will significantly contribute to a sustainable conservation of Sumatran elephants and their habitat in Way Kambas National Park.

 
Budget Startup Costs





Amount


Price


Total






Back packs


7


$50


$350




Camera Trap Additions


10


$250


$2500




Memory card additions


10


$75


$750




Batteries


20 pack


$5


 $100




Pocket Camera


1


$200


$200




Mini laptop


1


$300


$300




Uniforms / Tee shirts


30


$5


$150




Hats


20


$5


$100




GPS


1


$300


$300




Totals




$4650




Budget Running Costs for 1 year (one and two patrols per month)




Patrol logistics


One patrol per month






Food


$200




Petrol


$50




Staff Wages


$500




Admin


$100




Transport


$100




Misc Expenses for unknown issues (example = engine

issues on the boat)


$100




Totals


$1050




Total for 1 year


$12600




- http://www.berdiri.org/cause-view/kambas-foot-patrols-camera-traps/ -
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Adopt Me -
Adopt Me today and give me a name and help with his daily needs from food to daily enclosure care.
Adoption Options






Monthly Adoption


Adoption 1 : $15,00 USD – monthlyAdoption 2 : $25,00 USD – monthlyAdoption 3 : $50,00 USD – monthly









What you are providing

>> Daily Zoo Food
>> Daily enclosure care
>> Food enrichment toys

What you will get in return

>> Poster of your adopted animal
>> Regular updates of your adopted animal
>> A Berdiri Tee Shirt


- http://www.berdiri.org/cause-view/adopt/ -
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EoS Book Excerpt (Elephants of Sumatra) - The Projects - Below is a sample extract from the up coming Elephants of Sumatra – The Final Stand documentary photography book being published in support of the critically endangered sumatran elephants and the various projects we have, projects we support directly in the field or indirectly by other means. The final product will be a 100 page photography documentary book created by Berdiri Founder Bruce Levick based on the back of 3 years in the field documenting  the dire situation being faced by the last remaining ELEPHANTS OF SUMATRA. The extract below is from a chapter named “The Projects”, which documents the work being carried out by various NGO’s to help conserve this amazing species. The book will be available for pre-order soon.
“Sumatra may be only one island of many thousands within the archipelago of Indonesia but the diversity of the wildlife within is second to none. With many unique species fighting for small pockets of remaining habitat on the island of Sumatra with most of these species listed as endangered or critically endangered, the elephants of Sumatra being one of those listed as critically endangered with an estimated figure of 1000-1500 left in the wild.

The main threats to the Elephants of Sumatra is habitat destruction and poaching for the ivory trade. For the most part it is the habitat destruction that is causing so many problems for the remainder of the species. As the habitat reduces the elephants are constantly on the move looking for new areas that are suitable for their herd and this causes the elephants to enter into nearby villages causing issues for the local farmers and community that come into conflict with the elephants. Thus usually ending in capture or death for the elephants. A lot of cases see elephant herds poisoned as they enter into oil palm crops where farmers have left out fruit laced with poison…” 
Elephant Conservation Projects
Elephant Conservation Projects
- http://www.berdiri.org/wildlife/eos-book-excerpt-elephants-sumatra/ - #Book, #Elephants, #Print, #Sale
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Adopt Piko - Piko
Adopt Piko today and help with his daily needs from food to daily enclosure care.
Adoption Options






Monthly Adoption


Adoption 1 : $15,00 USD – monthlyAdoption 2 : $25,00 USD – monthlyAdoption 3 : $50,00 USD – monthly









What you are providing

>> Daily Zoo Food
>> Daily enclosure care
>> Food enrichment toys

What you will get in return

>> Poster of your adopted animal
>> Regular updates of your adopted animal
>> A Berdiri Tee Shirt

Piko
- http://www.berdiri.org/cause-view/adopt-piko/ -
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Adopt Minok - Minok
Adopt Riki Riki today and help with his daily needs from food to daily enclosure care.
Adoption Options






Monthly Adoption


Adoption 1 : $15,00 USD – monthlyAdoption 2 : $25,00 USD – monthlyAdoption 3 : $50,00 USD – monthly









What you are providing

>> Daily Zoo Food
>> Daily enclosure care
>> Food enrichment toys

What you will get in return

>> Poster of your adopted animal
>> Regular updates of your adopted animal
>> A Berdiri Tee Shirt

Minok
- http://www.berdiri.org/cause-view/adopt-minok/ -
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