Flying Squad elephant calf given name
The elephant’s name is derived from the word ‘rimbo’, which means forest in the traditional Malayan language. The name symbolizes the hope that Tesso Nilo National Park will be well protected so that it can continue to provide habitat for Asian elephants and Sumatran tigers.
The Flying Squad, consisting of four adult elephants and eight mahout drivers, patrols an area along the boundary of Tesso Nilo National Park to keep wild elephants from straying outside and getting into conflict with local communities. The group also educates community members on non-lethal ways to protect their crops from wild elephants.
Indonesian authorities are planning to create two additional squads to help reduce human-elephant conflict elsewhere in Sumatra.
At the ceremony the elephants were treated to “elephant brownies” made of corn, oats and sugar.