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The End Of The Sumatra Elephant Is Near

Several organizations are calling for the end of deforestation that is quickening the extinction of the Sumatra elephant.

The Sumatra elephant is threatened with extinction that could come in the next 30 years. This has caused the species’ status to go from “endangered” to “critically endangered”.
A statement, warned for authorities only in Indonesia that there are only between 2,400 and 2,800 members left of the Sumatra elephant (Elephas maximus) sumatranus in nature, half of which has been here since 1985, after losing 70 percent of its natural habitat in the last two decades.

The Sumatra elephant is now combined with a growing list of species in Indonesia that are threatened with extinction, such as the orangutan of Sumatra, Java rhinoceros and the Sumatran tiger. Unless conservation measures are taken with an urgency that is effective, these magnificent animals will all disappear from off the face of the earth.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified the Indonesian elephant “critically endangered” in the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. According to the IUCN, while the Sumatra elephant is protected under Indonesian law, 85 percent of its habitat lies outside protected areas and has been converted into farmland.

On Sumatra Island in the west of Indonesia, Sri is some of the largest populations of Asian elephants outside of India and Sri. However, the island has experienced the fastest rate of deforestation in the region, more than two thirds of the floodplain forests in the last 25 years has been cut away, which is what has caused the local extinction of elephants in many areas.

In Riau (Sumatra), industry, pulp and paper and palm oil plantations in the world cause some of the highest deforestation rates, according to the organization of animal welfare. As a result WWF urged the Indonesian government to ban all forest transformations that are part of elephant habitats until a strategy to resume protection for these animals is underway.