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Asian Elephant Project

The ecosystem at Bukit Tigapuluh is home to many endangered species including the Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Elephant, Tapir, and Sumatran Orangutan.

How can you help Perth Zoo save Asian Elephants? 

In partnership with Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) Perth Zoo contributes to the protection of the Bukit Tigapuluh Ecosystem, the site of one of the last remaining herds of Sumatran Elephants in the world.

In previous years, funds donated to the Zoo supported the establishment of FZS’s Elephant Conflict Mitigation Units, which conduct wildlife patrols, education programs for local communities, elephant surveys and managed the impact of elephants on local farmers.

This dedicated team is tasked with monitoring and safeguarding the remaining Sumatran Elephant population in the Bukit Tigapuluh ecosystem.

Working with villagers they build elephant watchtowers, assist locals to guard their fields and use deterrents such as noise cannons. This work enables both the human and elephant populations in the area to coexist successfully.

In 2014 Perth Zoo staff visited Bukit Tigapuluh with the FZS team to review the wildlife protection program and in particular the elephant survey patrols. A tracking-collar replacement was undertaken in 2015 meaning FZS can continue to monitor and research this species into the future.

What Does My Donation Go Towards?

100% of your tax deductible donation will help protect wildlife as Perth Zoo covers all donation administration costs. Through our conservation partnership with FZS we support several projects and species most in need of our help.

Learn more about Asian Elephants here or in an Eye to Eye encounter.