Hundreds sift through rubbish wasteland on Indonesia beach

Hundreds of people sift through a vast wasteland of rubbish strewn across a beach on the southern tip of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, underscoring the Southeast Asian archipelago’s mammoth marine waste problem. In just over three hours, the group manage to collect an eye-watering 30 tonnes of rubbish from the coast in Lampung province.

222 dead as volcano-triggered tsunami hits Indonesia

A volcano-triggered tsunami has left at least 222 people dead and hundreds more injured after slamming without warning into beaches around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait. Hundreds of buildings were destroyed by the wave, which hit the coast of southern Sumatra and the western tip of Java about 9:30 pm (1430 GMT) on Saturday after a volcano known as the “child” of Krakatoa erupted.

Wild elephant expelled from Indonesian village

With the help of tame elephants, Indonesia conservation officers expel a wild elephant from a village in Aceh in the island of Sumatra in a six-day operation. The wild animal, which had kept marauding the village for four years, damaging crops and houses, is released in a natural forest where it is hoped to rejoin other wild elephants.

Indonesian farmer stumbles across huge ‘corpse flower’

A farmer finds a unusual flower growing in his palm oil plantation on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.

China-backed hydro dam threatens world’s rarest orangutan

A billion-dollar hydroelectric dam development in the Batang Toru rainforest on Indonesia’s Sumatra island is criticized for threatening the habitat of the world’s rarest great ape, the Tapanuli orangutan, a newly discovered species that numbers about 800 individuals in total.

Endangered Sumatran tiger found dead in Indonesia

A critically endangered Sumatran tiger has been found dead with a nylon wire around its waist, allegedly after being caught in a poacher’s trap on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.

Indonesian zoo welcomes newborn Bengal tiger cubs

The Medan Zoo in Indonesia’s Sumatra island welcomes the births of two Bengal tiger cubs.

Sumatran elephant ‘poisoned’ in Indonesia palm plantation

A critically endangered elephant is found dead in a palm oil plantation on Indonesia’s Sumatra island in what is suspected to be a deliberate poisoning. Rampant deforestation to create plantations has reduced their natural habitat and brought them into conflict with humans.

Raw: Indonesian Volcano Blasts Out Tower of Ash

Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 16,400 feet into the atmosphere. Emergency officials say nobody was killed or hurt. (Feb. 19)

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A corpse flower blooms for the first time in 12 years

A 2.5 meters corpse flowers blooms at the United States botanic garden for the first time in 12 years. Originally from Sumatra, Indonesia, the flowers take a lot of time to bloom and collapse in 24 to 48 hours, as they need to store a lot of energy to open up. This year, three corpse flowers have bloomed in the last 10 days at the botanic garden, a first in the history of the plant in the country.