The Elephants’ Attacts


Preparing to attack

In my whole life, this is the firs time I ‘ve seen the group of  elephants for

for real. These pictures had taken during the day we were patrolling to drive away the elephants from entering the Plantation area.

This was my first day  involved in guarding the boundary. of Matamba Estate palm oil plantation in Lahad Datu Sabah.  I haven’t seen even a single elephant   in real situation.

I’ve only see elephants on tv screen usually, “The National Geography tv program on RTM. The program goes on the  air everyday at 7:00pm.

This time it’s not in any tv show or movie, but I saw it lively in real world. In front me and the 4 others  of my co-workers.

I was shocked and afraid of the elephants might  harm us. After watching  theme for an hour. I had recovered from being nervous.

If wild animals are getting fierce, then may be there will be a possible problem with the for becoming aggressive. Like for example; got sick  or they might be wounded due to the illegal  hunters shot them accidentally if not intentionally.

I should say that it’s the human who is fierce, but not the

animals rather, because people always if not all,  most us had

made the destruction to their habitats.

One example is the logging activity. It will destroy the

forest where most wild of  animals are living. Another

fact is plantation. A huge plantation company barren

the area of virgin forest for their own personal purposes

disregarding the wildlife salvation.

Generally, human not only destroying the wildlife

habitat, but the wild animals it self are also affected.

There are an activist who conserve the flora and

fauna, But to  my own  opinion these organization are

already to late to rehabilitate the  wildlife.  Because they

took action ,where most  of  the animals were already

extinct, some were totally wiped out.

Not even a  single species had exist to this day.  Below is one of facts that human is destructions of the nature.

(Steller’s Sea Cow

Steller’s Sea Cow was discovered in the Aleutian Islands by      George Steller while exploring with Vitus Bering in 1741. They grew as large as 35 feet long and weighed up to three-and-a-half tons.    Sailors ate their meat and used their leather.  They were easily killed and vanished from their only home within 30 years after Steller’s discovery.}


This  excerpt is the evidence why people I judged to be   fierce than animals. People could vanish  the animals, but in reverse. animals didn’t.

We should have thought the result  before

any activities on the forest becoming worst.

However, development couldn’t  be stopped, we  have to face the truth

that population of the world is growing rapidly, either we

like it or not, this  is reality of life.  Which growing of population had to had addition budget. Especially to highly

populated country that   has to balance the economy with

its population to meet their needs.

In Indonesia and Malaysia have, concomitant with the  destruction of enormous tracts of tropical rainforest, some of the world’s longest lists of threatened wildlife. Of the more than 400 land mammal species of Indonesia, 15 are critically endangered and another 125 threatened. Of Malaysia’s nearly 300 land mammal species, 6 are critically endangered and 41 threatened. The numbers of threatened species climb higher when terrestrial reptiles, amphibians, and birds are included. Moreover, certain animals, such as the orangutan, are only found in these countries; when their rainforest habitat vanishes, so will they.

Five mammals show the impending disaster: the Sumatran tiger, Sumatran and Bornean orangutans, Asian elephant, and Sumatran rhinoceros. Each of those species is endangered, with the three eponymous Sumatran species critically endangered. They once flourished in precisely those areas where rainforests have since been cleared for oil palm.

Oil palm plantations, along with logging, fires, and other factors, destroy rainforest habitat, hinder migration patterns, and block travel corridors. Roads and plantations fragment the rainforest, facilitate encroaching settlements, and make animals accessible to illegal hunting and poaching. If they enter plantations while searching for food outside the rainforest, animals may be killed by workers. They are also at risk when plantation companies set forest fires to clear land for oil palm; some fires burn out of control, demolishing larger areas than anticipated.

Plantations also pollute the soil and water with pesticides and untreated palm oil-mill effluent, cause soil erosion and increased sedimentation in rivers, and cause air pollution due to forest fires.

The demand for palm oil is forecast to double by 2020. To meet that production increase, 1,160 new square miles will have to be planted every year for 20 years. Indonesia has 26,300 square miles more forest land officially allocated for new oil palm plantations; Malaysia has almost 3,000 square miles more. The expected thousands of square miles of new plantings on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo could kill off the remaining orangutans, rhinos, and tigers.

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Palm oil is forecast to be the world’s most produced and internationally traded edible oil by 2012. Malaysia and Indonesia account for 83 percent of production and 89 percent of global exports. Oil palm is grown as an industrial plantation crop, often (especially in Indonesia) on newly cleared rainforest or peat-swamp forests and not on already degraded land or disused agricultural land. Since the 1970s, the area planted with oil palm in Indonesia has grown over 30-fold to almost 12,000 square miles. In Malaysia, the area devoted to oil palm has increased 12-fold to 13,500 square miles.

With increasing numbers of palm oil plantations. wildlife habitat becoming smaller and smaller. In Lahad Datu particularly Matamba Estate, the palm oil plantation where I work,.is an example of an area that the elephants have no place to live on. In Tabin Wildlife Reserve forest is being disturbed by an illegal hunters.

Tabin Wildlife   situated  between  rows of palm plantations company including Matamba. The elephants meddle in to Matamba  caused  by  the disturbances of illegal hunters .  The reasons why these elephants entering palm oil plantation  look for food.

These elephants were destroying Our newly Planted Palm oil plants. Our Palm Estate is now on  the process of replanting . The palm oil plants are still very small  for the elephants can easily eat its leaves.  The small palm trees  were uprooted from the ground by these group of elephant that, I’ve said.  ” THE ATTACK OF THE ELEPHANTS”

By: Deksi Sakilan

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