CNBC Insight Unique! Elephant Buying and Selling Business Gets “Durian Collapse”, Went Viral Entrepreneur – 5 hours ago


Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Trading cats or dogs as pets is common in Indonesia. So, what happens if what you buy as a pet is an elephant? You think for sure this can't be happening.

However, in fact you are wrong. Elephant buying and selling apparently occurred in Indonesia decades ago, specifically in the Jogjakarta area.


This incident was the subject of special magazine coverage Star Weekly. But it was a long time ago, in 1957.

It should be noted that people at that time, who still held strong animist views, considered elephants as special animals. By caring for or just having a good attitude towards elephants, you can definitely get “windfalls”, such as knowledge, fortune, glory, and so on.

Apart from that, elephants are also considered animals kept by kings and must be loved too. On this basis, elephants are considered sacred animals, even their dung is considered a talisman.

“The elephant dung is made soft with a little water and then placed on the forehead or made into fertilizer,” wrote the magazine.

Moving on from the elephant's highest position in people's minds, buying and selling transactions took place. Report Star Weekly said the price ranges from IDR 8,000 to IDR 10,000.

“From Tanjung Karang (Lampung area) you can buy a baby elephant for Rp. 8,000 franco (red, sent from) Jakarta or Rp. 10,000 franco Solo,” wrote Star Weekly.

Of course the price of IDR 8,000 in 1957 was different from now. At that time, petrol alone cost less than IDR 2. Practically, the price of IDR 8,000 is fantastic. Not to mention, if you keep elephants, the food costs are greater than humans. Apart from that, you must also take into account the costs of veterinarians who treat elephants every day

“The baby elephant needs pure milk, kepok bananas, oatmeal, and so on. One meal costs up to Rp. 40 per day,” said Star Weekly.

On this basis, people who are still below the poverty line cannot buy an elephant to keep in their yard. The only one who can buy it is the palace.

If you want to meet and ask for blessings from an elephant, people who cannot afford one can come to the palace zoo. They may come with money or various gifts to give to the elephants.

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