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Indonesia Trumpets Elephant Exports For First Time

September 20, 1985

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ A newspaper reported today that the government has decided to reduce Indonesia’s wild elephant population by allowing the animals to be exported.

The newspaper Kompas quoted Rubini Atmawijaya, director general of forests and natural preserves, as saying the government is hoping to get rid of some animals because it cannot provide them with suitable habitats.

The report did not say when the new policy was begun. It said that so far there had been no offers for any of Indonesia’s 2,000 wild elephants.

Indonesians are allowed to catch elephants for private use.

Rubini said Indonesia would try to compete with African countries, which sell elephants for $20,000-$25,000 each.

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