Indonesian elephants found dead, poisoning by plantation owners suspected
JAKARTA (AFP) - Seven Sumatran elephants have been found dead in western Indonesia and it is thought they were poisoned, a wildlife official said on Monday, just the latest deaths of the critically-endangered animals.
Dozens of the elephants have died after being poisoned in recent years on Sumatra island, as the creatures come into conflict with humans due to the rapid expansion of palm oil plantations which destroys their habitat.
The latest to die were a female adult, five male teenagers, and a male calf believed to be from the same herd, said local wildlife agency spokesman Muhammad Zanir.
The remains of the elephants were found on Feb 16 just outside Tesso Nilo National Park and it is thought they died five months earlier, he said.