Elephant flying squad celebrates new members

Vice Governor Wan Abu Bakar is welcomed by Ria, Tesso
Vice Governor Wan Abu Bakar is welcomed by Ria, Tesso's mother. He promised to protect the forest in his province that serves as elephant habitat.

2008-03-06 - Tesso Nilo National Park, Indonesia
In Riau Province, the flying squad are four adult elephants and eight mahouts patrolling an area along the National Park boundaries, keeping wild elephants away from local communities and teaching villagers non-lethal ways to protect their crops. About 80 guests helped Nella celebrate her 1st birthday while Wan Abu Bakar, Vice Governor of Riau Province, officially conferred the name Tesso on the younger calf, born three months ago. It is a tradition in Indonesia to have a naming ceremony soon af...

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