Wild elephants trample crops in Dong Nai

In an effort to regain lost habitat, a herd of wild elephants recently encroached on and devastated a cultivated tract of land in Vinh Cuu District in the southern province of Dong Nai, according to the Dong Nai Natural and Cultural Conservation Zone.

People trying to pull out a baby elephant from a well in Phu Ly Commune (Photo: SGGP)

Late night of February 21, a two hectare sugarcane plot belonging to five households in Phu Ly Commune of Vinh Cuu District in Dong Nai Province was completed trampled and devastated by a herd of ten wild elephants, foraging for food.

Tran Van Mui, the Zone’s Director, said the herd included female and male elephants along with few baby elephants.

So far Dong Nai authorities have spent more than VND4 billion compensating inhabitants whose crops and houses have been destroyed by elephants in Ma Da and Phu Ly Communes in Vinh Cuu District.

Recently, forest rangers with help from local residents managed to pull out a baby elephant from a two meter deep well in Phu Ly Commune of Vinh Cuu District, which was later rehabilitated into the forest.

Rehabilitating the baby elephant into the wild was a positive effort by the Dong Nai Natural and Cultural Conservation Zone to preserve wild life.

Yet since June 2009, nine elephants have been killed by humans in Dong Nai Province.

By T. Nguyen, L. Long - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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