The Borneo pygmy elephant is a rare forest elephant subspecies, of which no more than 1,500 animals remain – almost all in Sabah.
Pygmy elephants live only in the forests and lowland river areas of Borneo. They feed on banana plants, palm trees, fruit and grasses. They are the largest land mammal in Asia, yet the smallest type of elephant in existence. They are also the most endangered species of wildlife in Borneo because their ivory is sought after and the forests they depend upon for food are quickly being cleared.
Because there are now so many people in Borneo, elephants face a great deal of danger from hunters seeking their ivory and palm oil ranchers who deforest the elephant habitat in order to plant palm trees. Logging also devastates the elephant habitat.
As their habitat shrinks, pygmy elephants often seek food outside of the rain forests, and this can lead to problems when they raid gardens as it damages the property of humans.
Pigmy elephants have become the latest 'must have' pet. Due to there size, which is absolutely ridiculous and needs stopping straight away. They like to live in groups of about 50.
We, the undersigned, call on the above mentioned to come together and bring about new laws to protect pigmy elephants immediately.
Find a way for the oil ranchers to live along side the pigmy elephants before they all disappear.
Call on the Malaysian government to protect Malaysia's wildlife and punish the perpetrators of the elephant poisonings.
Tell the Malaysian government to stop construction NOW in the forest, before there is no land for the pigmy elephants left.
We need to work with local wildlife and forest conservation agencies to set aside good lands to serve as elephant sanctuaries on Borneo.
It is imperative that they succeed in establishing a safe haven for these pachyderm survivors. If they do not, they may become extinct before we even begin to understand the nature of the unique pygmy elephant species.
The HELP TO SAVE THE BORNEO PIGMY ELEPHANTS FROM EXTINCTION petition to TERESA MAY AND HEAD OF ALL COUNTRIES was written by JACQUELINE PLATTEN and is in the category Animal Welfare at GoPetition.