Pygmy elephants in Borneo are in danger of becoming extinct because palm oil companies are destroying their habitat and poisoning them.
Borneo, the world’s third largest island, is home to the last remaining 1,500 pygmy elephants. These animals are endangered, and as palm plantations encroach further and further into the rainforest, destroying the elephants’ habitat, we risk losing them forever.
Tell Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to protect the pygmy elephants from extinction.
The pygmy elephants feed mostly on species of palms, grasses and wild bananas – a single adult can eat up to 150 kilograms of vegetation daily. Sadly, deforestation by palm oil mills has claimed huge amounts of forest that the elephants rely on for food. In fact, Malaysia has the world’s highest rate of deforestation. Forced out of their natural habitat, the elephants have resorted to searching for food in oil palm and fruit plantations.
The results have been disastrous. Late last year, 14 pygmy elephants were poisoned by chemicals used by farmers to keep pests from eating the palm fruit grown on plantations. A 3-month-old baby elephant was photographed nuzzling its mother, who lay on the ground next to three other corpses.
These animals don’t deserve to be poisoned and killed in their last home. If action is not taken to conserve the forest on which this small population depends, Borneo will lose its pygmy elephants forever. Malaysia won’t stand up to palm oil companies unless they hear from enough people demanding protection for the elephants.
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