A decade on, Sumatra’s ‘tusk force’ keeps the peace in famed national park

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Mahout Masrukin (front) rides the elephant Karnangin on patrol in Way Kambas National Park. Photo by Andi Aisyah Lamboge, used with permission Three meters above a jungle trail, the mahouts slowly rock and sway atop their elephants — inspecting the mud and thick grass below for signs of wild elephants and traps and snares set by poachers. Masrukin and Edi Sutrisno, mahouts with the Elephant Response Unit (ERU) in Indonesia’s Way Kambas National Park (WKNP), emerged from the bush after a three-hour patrol with their elephants Karnangin and Karnangun. “We love elephants and we don’t want to see …

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