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Two Elephants in Bali Join Beach Clean Up From Plastic

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Two Sumatran elephants have reportedly joined the efforts to clean up the plastic on Mertasari Beach, Sanur, Bali. The activity was held to mark the jubilee of the National Waste Care Day (Waste Management Day) by Bali Safari and Marine Park coordinating with Natural Resources Conservation Department (BKSDA).

“We made an initiation with BKSDA Bali to participate on the National Waste Care Day,” said the General Manager of Bali Marine and Safari Park William Santoso, today in Denpasar.

The female elephants named as Teresa and Murni were taken with two big trucks from Bali Safari Park in Gianyar to Sanur’s Mertasari Beach.

On the white sand beach, both animals are seen picking up the scattered plastic garbage adorably with its trunk and placing it into the garbage bins that are provided.

“The elephants did not receive any special training for this activity, this is all done because they are cooperative with humans, particularly with us the animal tamer,” said the tamer himself.

Elephant is also considered more easily adaptive to new environment without causing any negative impact, unlike other animals that are more sensitive. That is why both elephants have also been involved in previous similar event on Masceti Beach in Gianyar.

An appreciation is expressed by the Director of Biodiversity Conservation, Bambang Dahono Adji on the initiation taken by both agencies which participate to attend the beach cleaning event.

“Need to bear in my that plastic waste is not biodegradable, meaning it takes a lot of years to degrade, that is why we highly appreciate the shown attention,” said Bambang.

He hopes that the activity could raise public awareness to be more concern on the environment cleanliness, including by inviting foreign tourists to join preserving the island’s environment.

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