ASIAN ELEPHANT SUPPORT/VESSWIC PROJECT
A project of Wildlife Survival Fund: Investing in endangered species before it’s too late.
IUCN Red List Status of Focal Species
About the Project
The purpose of this project is to build capacity for wildlife veterinary education and establish a mobile wildlife emergency service within the veterinary department at Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh, Indonesia, to support regional and national conservation needs. Loss of habitat due to massive deforestation during the past couple of decades has threatened many of Sumatra’s wildlife with extinction. To prevent the extinction of the unique wildlife of Sumatra, which is a crucial part of a functioning ecosystem, various kinds of conservation programs, strategies, and research are needed. Veterinary expertise is important to many conservation programs and strategies conducted by government and non-government institutions and organizations (e.g. wildlife rescues, translocations, fitting GPS collars for research and conflict mitigation, wildlife disease surveillance and prevention, management of wildlife in captive situations for captive breeding, and education programs). Currently there are few veterinarians in Sumatra with wildlife specific interest and knowledge, which often results in insufficient management of programs and activities.
The establishment of a wildlife and conservation veterinary medicine program at Syiah Kuala University will provide veterinary expertise and services needed to support wildlife conservation in Sumatra and potentially in other islands of Indonesia. The wildlife veterinary program will be comprised of three major programs: teaching, research, and wildlife veterinary services.
Project Mission: To establish a branch/department for wildlife and conservation medicine and a wildlife ambulance at the veterinary faculty of the Syiah Kuala University (Unsyiah) Banda Aceh. Through this, necessary education and training for veterinary students and veterinarians will be established to develop and sustainably provide veterinary expertise and services needed for wildlife conservation and welfare in Sumatra and other regions in Indonesia.
To learn more:
Read the Asian elephant fact sheet