Protect the Endangered Pygmy Elephant From Extinction

Target: Dr. Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jaafar, Malaysian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment

Goal: Restore the forest habitat of the Borneo pygmy elephant to prevent this species from going extinct.

The Borneo pygmy elephant is the smallest and least-studied of all elephant species. Borneo elephants are also endangered: there are only 1,500 left in the wild. If we do not take action to save them, we may never get the chance to fully understand these majestic creatures.

Since ivory from Asian and Borneo elephants is considered less valuable than ivory from African elephants, poaching has been less devastating for pygmy elephant populations. Instead, the major threat facing pygmy elephants is habitat loss. Although pygmy elephants are smaller than African and Asian elephants, they can still grow up to 5.5 tons. To survive, they may need to eat as much as 300 pounds of vegetation each day. Smaller areas of continuous forest mean that pygmy elephants may struggle to find food or mates. Logging, agriculture, and palm oil plantations have dramatically reduced the large areas of continuous forest that pygmy elephants require for survival.

The island of Borneo is split between three countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei. While nearly three-quarters of the land belongs to Indonesia, the majority of pygmy elephants live in the northern part of the island, which belongs to Malaysia. To save pygmy elephants, the forest of Malaysian Borneo must be restored. At the very least, wildlife corridors must be created to allow elephants to move from one patch of forest to another, preventing them from becoming trapped in a small area of forest. Sign this petition to urge Malaysia’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to preserve the habitat of Borneo pygmy elephants.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dr. Wan Junaidi,

Borneo’s forests are a crucial habitat for many endangered species, including the Borneo pygmy elephant. But these important forests are disappearing. Borneo has already lost 50% of its lowland rainforest to logging, agriculture, and palm oil plantations. Creating wildlife corridors, expanding national parks, and curbing palm oil production are the best ways to protect pygmy elephants. I urge you to take immediate action to preserve the habitat of the Borneo pygmy elephant to prevent this wonderful creature from becoming extinct.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mike Prince

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22 Comments

  1. We are destroying the planet with our greed. We do not need to destroy the habitat of these wonderful animals in order to grow palm oil. What happened before we had palm oil? What did we use? Did we suffer without it? No we didn’t and we don’t need it at all. Please let’s live and let live. Let’s support wildlife instead of killing it.

    • mankind was given knowledge to plant /grow crops/livestock in humane way–could not have said it better–WHAT DID WE USE BEFORE PALM OIL—VEGETABLE OIL/BUTTER—THIS PALM OIL IS A CRAZE THING AT TRADER’S JOE/WHOLE FOODS AND FOR SOME VEGANS–WE NEED TO EXTINCT ALL THESE WICKED MANKIND— STEALING THE HOMES FROM THE ELEPHANTS AND THE MONKEYS/CHIMPS /BABOONS ECT.—GO EXTINCT GREEDY EVIL MANKIND–SO ALL ANIMALS CAN LIVE THEIR LIVES FULLY–AND DIE A NATURAL DEATH.

    • Absolutely right!

  2. Gene Sengstake says:

    The problem is the greedy – ignorant – self-serving human beings/bastards – whatever you want to call them – whose only interests are themselves and the potential financial gain their destruction of the environment will provide. They don’t give a tinker’s dam about elephants or any other collateral damage their opportunistic activities will cause. Get rid of “them” and perhaps the problem will be solved before it is entirely too late. And anymore – does anyone really care how that solution might come about??? I surely don’t. Just be rid of them (even though “that” would not solve the “real” root of the problem) – and do it in such a way that they can never return to renew their assault on the environment – – –

    • Couldn’t have said it better! These people are monsters.

    • The elephants need protection and we should all (supposedly civilised humans) make sure their habitat is preserved. All animals are important and these elephants need our boice

  3. Agreed. Ignorant, evil and greedy, those who rape the forests, those who manufacture the product and mainly the ignorantly blind consumer who undoubtedly would not perish without the use of palm oil. Give me a break. When is enough enough of raping this world we inhabit.

  4. I love the fact that I live on a planet that can be shared with such wonderous wildlife. Any chance I get, I check out the Nature Channel to see what I can learn if I don’t have time to actually get out in nature. It hurts me that there are individuals or group who only see the planet and it’s animals as something to rape, plunder and destroy for monetary gain.

  5. Alexandre Engelen says:

    Why can’t we share our planet? Are we selfish people without a heart? We destroy everything on earth even our habitat … This must change before it is too late, now!!!

  6. Elaine Milbourn says:

    Instead of allowing greed to win, why don’t you encourage tourists with cameras to visit your country and save these wonderful creatures from extinction. Natural habitat throughout the world is being lost because of human greed, so please don’t allow this to happen in your country.

  7. There are humans who care about the planet and wildlife and desperately want to save it. But why do the greedy dirtbags always win? Why do people continue to over populate the planet with no thought of what they are bringing their kids into and what the future will be for them?

  8. Dolores Proubasta says:

    Greedy and prolific. In the course of 70 years, human population has exploded from 2.5 billion to 7.6 billion, most of it in the Orient. We are like cancer cells, and the victims are other animals who, without us would thrive and multiply only to the extent the Earth could sustain them. Humans have screwed the balance of Nature because, I forgot, people are also stupid.

  9. Dr. Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jaafar, Malaysian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment

    Restore the forest habitat of the Borneo pygmy elephant to prevent this species from going extinct.

    The Borneo pygmy elephant is the smallest and least-studied of all elephant species. Borneo elephants are also endangered: there are only 1,500 left in the wild. If we do not take action to save them, we may never get the chance to fully understand these majestic creatures.

    Please save these precious Borneo Pygmy Elephants from extinction.

  10. It is absolutely CRIMINAL to destroy the habitat of this totally unique species. I am appalled that any country would be so negligent towards preserving these wonderful little Pygmy Elephants. When there is something so unique and precious as these Borneo Pygmy Elephants, wouldn’t you think it is a great honour that they naturally inhabit your country? Wouldn’t you accept that there is a solemn duty towards this species to ensure that they survive and thrive!?!

  11. Denise Devereux says:

    What an absolute disgrace the human race is. The only species needing culling from this planet is much of the Human Species.
    Restore the elephants habitat and have some morale fibre.
    The West stop buying from this country. Boycott. Stop funding until this country shows progressive change and appreciates and values the gift they have of these beautiful elephants. If you don’t want them give them to us in Australia. Respect and Compassion for all God’s creatures Great and Small.
    God’s Wraith on perpetrators and enablers of this act of extinction.

  12. Simon Rimmer says:

    Humans must do better for ALL animals!!!

  13. This backward people needs to wake up before it is too late. You people crazily deforests the land where the wild animals inhabited & plant the Palm oil plantation etc. WATCH LISTEN & BE CAREFUL…After realizing WHAT YOU PEOPLE ARE DOING TO THE WILD ANIMALS DESTRUCTION…YOUR DAMN PALM OIL WILL NOT SURVIVE…SO YOU PEOPLE WILL EVENTUALLY LOOSE THE PALM OIL SALES/PRODUCTIONS ns also the wild animals existence. YOU PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE THE “BIGGEST LOOSERS” PRETTY SOON. SO STOP THIS MADNESS at least leave the Forest to nourish and the wilderness to stay as it is.

    PERHAPS THE LAND WILL BE SAVED BEFORE IT IS BECOMING A DESERT LAND WITH NO TREES….

    PLEASE WORLD BOYCOTT THE PALM OIL….DON’T BUY ANYTHING MADE OUT OF PALM OIL…PERIOD….

  14. Nooshin Perla says:

    Until our nasty greedy money hungry people change or die out, this beautiful planet is in danger, and sorry to say there is nothing we can do unless our law maker wake up and start cleaning this place from SCAVENGERS!!!!

  15. LEAVE WILDLIFE AND THERE HOMES ALONE AND DEAL AND PUNISH ABUSERS . Whats wrong with this world its full of cruel heartless bastards.

  16. Lilian Caughlin says:

    Greed will once more raise it’s ugly head when it is way over due for human population control. If humans will not mange that issue nature will and it won’t be pleasant. Too bad Governments lack the willpower to take care of it. There has to be room for every species on this planet.

  17. Dear Sir:
    Please show your compassion and intelligence to preserve the elephants. You have the power to protect or destroy.
    How do you wish to be remembered – a fearless man that is willing to stand out and protect a rare species or someone who blends into the background of forgotten politicians?

  18. We’re taking away their home! — WHERE are these sweet elephants supposed to go? — We MUST NOT take everything away from them — they have every RIGHT to live their lives happily and in good health — we share the planet with our elephants — let’s ensure they remain protected and cared for.

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