SPECIES AND HABITAT CONSERVATION
We are committed to protecting and conserving biodiversity and natural habitats that are critical to the survival of many species.
Since 2001, Yagasu has focused on the conservation of endangered or vulnerable species. Through conservation programmes, Yagasu also works to protect rare species, be they animals, plants or micro-organisms. With the support of scientists and conservationists, we work to restore populations of these species and prevent them from becoming extinct.
After the 2004 tsunami, Yagasu organised a mangrove planting ceremony on the coast of Banda Aceh, which was severely damaged by the tsunami. In an effort to raise the spirit and awareness of the community, Yagasu involved elephants in the mangrove planting ceremony.
The elephant attraction during the mangrove planting in the area was a highlight and created excitement in the community. Apart from being a concrete step to introduce the benefits of mangroves as tsunami barriers and amplifiers, the activity also aimed to provide entertainment for the people who were still traumatised by the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in their area.
In a joint effort to rehabilitate areas affected by the 26 December 2004 tsunami in Aceh, the Sumatran Elephant Foundation (Yagasu), in collaboration with the Aceh Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), took an innovative step by mobilising a team of elephants to assist in the removal of debris following the disaster. This decision was part of an overall effort to provide humanitarian assistance and support reconstruction efforts in the aftermath of the natural disaster that struck the Aceh region following the tsunami.
Yagasu showed creativity in its disaster response by mobilising its elephant team to help clear debris from the tsunami-hit coast. The elephants are specially trained to help move heavy materials and reach hard-to-reach areas.
The elephants use their natural skills to help move heavy debris and access areas that are difficult for heavy machinery to reach. The use of elephants brings uniqueness to the clean-up effort, creating an environmentally friendly and effective solution.
Habitat conservation is an important part of our efforts. Healthy and well-maintained habitats are key to species survival. We work to maintain and restore natural habitats, such as forests, rivers and coral reefs, so that their ecosystems remain balanced and support the lives of diverse organisms.
We’d love to hear from you. If you would like to contribute, collaborate, or have further questions regarding our conservation programs, please do not hesitate to contact us.