Sumatran Elephants to Be Extinct in 30 Years
WWF are asking the Indonesian government to prohibit all attempts of forest conversion.
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VIVAnews – According to an environmental group, World Wildlife Fund, the Sumatran elephants will extinct in 30 years. It is inevitable if no significant measures are taken to protect their habitats.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an institution that ranks species’ status, has raised the Sumatran elephants status from ‘endangered’ to ‘critically endangered’ after almost 70% of the habitats and half of the elephants’ population became extinct in just one generation.
The main causes are forest logging and forest conversion for agriculture purposes. Similar practices carried out by humans in Sumatra have caused the extinction of Sumatran tigers and Javanese rhinoceroses.
“Sumatran elephants are in the list of extremely endangered Indonesian animal species. The ever growing list includes Sumatran orangutans, Javanese and Sumatran rhinoceroses as well as Sumatran tigers,” said Carlos Drews, the Director of Global Species Programme WWF, as quoted from Reuters, on Wednesday, Jan 25.
Right now, there are approximately 2,400 – 2,800 Sumatran elephants left in the wild. This number has decreased by 50% compared to the estimation in 1985. According to researchers, if the trend continues, then this species will extinct in 30 years.
Therefore, WWF are asking the Indonesian government to prohibit all attempts of forest conversion until the conservation strategy of saving Sumatran elephants is made.
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