Miniature Elephants are a Unique Subspecies

Bornean Pygmy Elephant Family

The pygmy elephants of Borneo are baby-faced little pachyderms, with oversized ears, plump bellies and tails so long they sometimes drag on the ground as they walk.

For years, it’s been believed that these tiny elephants were simply the semi-tame remnants of a domesticated herd abandoned on the island years ago.

But a WWF study proved that wrong and Borneo’s pygmy elephants are likely to be officially declared a new subspecies. That makes them a high conservation priority. Yet they remain the least-understood elephants in the world.

Find original WWF article here…

Read about the adventure of tagging and collaring pygmy elephants here…

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2 Responses to Miniature Elephants are a Unique Subspecies

  1. Emma says:

    I am going to Borneo summer 2009 what is the likelyhood of me seeing one of these amazing elephants? I’m staying there for three weeks to help a orang-utans and to see and elephant would be increadable I didn’t even know they lived in Borneo!

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