World’s smallest elephant in danger of dying out

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4 hours agoBy Helen Briggs, @hbriggs, BBC environment correspondent GettyThe world’s smallest elephant is in danger of dying out as numbers reach just 1,000 in the wild, but there’s hope it can be saved.The conservation body, the IUCN, which compiles the ‘red list’ tally of threatened species, says the Bornean elephant has lost almost all its habitat to deforestation.The diminutive elephant, which stands at three feet smaller than its bigger Asian cousins, is found only on the island of Borneo.It is known for its gentle, playful nature. Cheryl Cheah/WWF-MalaysiaThere’s hope the elephant can be saved through conservation work, said Benoit Goossens, a wildlife biologist at Cardiff University and director of the Danau Girang Field Centre in Sabah.The extinction red list can help raise awareness of the plight of an endangered animal and boost support, he said.“The message of hope is that there are many organisations in Sabah, including the government, that are working very hard to conserve the elephant.”Read more on endangered speciesThe elephants of Borneo have lived on the island for thousands of years, separated from mainland elephants and evolving into a distinct population.Their main threat is massive deforestation which destroys their habitat and brings them into conflict with humans.Only an estimated 1,000 individuals now remain in the wild, mostly found in Sabah in Malaysian Borneo.Professor Adrian Lister of London’s Natural History Museum said the elephant is unique in many ways, from its baby face to its small size.”We hope that by getting the Borneo elephants on to the Red List that will galvanise the efforts for their conservation to protect their habitat because the authorities will now see that the eyes of the world are on this species,” he told BBC News. Baby Borneo elephantThe palm oil industry has boomed in Malaysia and Indonesia, leading to vast deforestation, loss of wildlife and human-wildlife conflict.The elephants are forced into human areas in search of food, where they may damage crops and face retribution killings.Other dangers include hunting for ivory and accidental poisoning from agricultural chemicals, said the I …

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[mwai_chat context=”Let’s have a discussion about this article:nn4 hours agoBy Helen Briggs, @hbriggs, BBC environment correspondent GettyThe world’s smallest elephant is in danger of dying out as numbers reach just 1,000 in the wild, but there’s hope it can be saved.The conservation body, the IUCN, which compiles the ‘red list’ tally of threatened species, says the Bornean elephant has lost almost all its habitat to deforestation.The diminutive elephant, which stands at three feet smaller than its bigger Asian cousins, is found only on the island of Borneo.It is known for its gentle, playful nature. Cheryl Cheah/WWF-MalaysiaThere’s hope the elephant can be saved through conservation work, said Benoit Goossens, a wildlife biologist at Cardiff University and director of the Danau Girang Field Centre in Sabah.The extinction red list can help raise awareness of the plight of an endangered animal and boost support, he said.“The message of hope is that there are many organisations in Sabah, including the government, that are working very hard to conserve the elephant.”Read more on endangered speciesThe elephants of Borneo have lived on the island for thousands of years, separated from mainland elephants and evolving into a distinct population.Their main threat is massive deforestation which destroys their habitat and brings them into conflict with humans.Only an estimated 1,000 individuals now remain in the wild, mostly found in Sabah in Malaysian Borneo.Professor Adrian Lister of London’s Natural History Museum said the elephant is unique in many ways, from its baby face to its small size.”We hope that by getting the Borneo elephants on to the Red List that will galvanise the efforts for their conservation to protect their habitat because the authorities will now see that the eyes of the world are on this species,” he told BBC News. Baby Borneo elephantThe palm oil industry has boomed in Malaysia and Indonesia, leading to vast deforestation, loss of wildlife and human-wildlife conflict.The elephants are forced into human areas in search of food, where they may damage crops and face retribution killings.Other dangers include hunting for ivory and accidental poisoning from agricultural chemicals, said the I …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]
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