Fast Fact Attack – Endangered Species 3: Borneo Pygmy Elephant

Borneo Pygmy Elephant 3Description
You could be forgiven for thinking this chunky, floppy eared, uber cute little chap is from a Disney film; but not so. He is very real. So adorable; it’s a wonder these elephants have not attracted more attention in their plight. Despite their name, Borneo pygmy elephants (Elephas maximus borneensis) grow to over 9 feet in height. They are remarkably tame and are thought to be descended from domestic stock brought to Borneo by the Sultan of Sulu during the 17th century.
Northern and northeastern parts of Borneo and Sumatra
What do they eat?
One adult can eat up to 150 kg of vegetation per day, They are particularly partial to wild bananas, grasses and palms.
Man – Conversion of natural forests to commercial plantations and human settlements. Many are injured by snares set by man to trap smaller animals.
Status: Endangered
The highly individual genetics of the Borneo pygmy elephants make them a high conservation priority. There are only 1500 known to be left.

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