No, not the pygmy elephants!

August 9, 2007 at 10:19 am (environment, injustice) ()

As their Borneo habitat dies, so do the pygmy elephants that live there. Once estimated that there were 1, 600 elephants still living on the island, it now appears that there’s only about 1,000 left.

The elephants, which are smaller and chubbier, with shorter trunks and more gentle-natured than other Asian elephants, depend for their survival on forests situated on flat lowlands and in river valleys the study found. Over the past four decades, 40% of the forest cover of the Malaysian state of Sabah has been lost to logging, plantations and human settlement.

“The areas that these elephants needs to survive are the same forests where the most intensive logging in Sabah has taken place, because flat lands and valleys incur the lowest costs when extracting timber,” said Raymond Alfred, head of WWF-Malaysia’s Borneo species programme.

Aw, no…

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