Borneo Deforestation

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We have heard about the act of deforestation to make room for more land, such as crops. This not only puts endangered species in harms way as the act alone kills them, but it leaves the living without a home. A Huffington Post article entitled, 'Pygmy Elephants' Protection Was Slated Through Forest Reserve Designation In Malasia, Says WWF' (Eileen Ng, 01/31/2013) focuses on an area of Borneo (Sabah) that is home to the Pygmy Elephant. With fewer than 1,200 left in Malaysia, the elephant today is a severely endangered species. This is partly due to the fact that farmers are converting forests into crops for oil and rubber plantations, limiting these elephants to where they can and can not go. The executive director of The World Wildlife Fund of Malaysia made a statement saying, “Conversions result in fragmentation of the forests, which in turn results in loss of natural habitat for elephant herds, thus forcing them to find alternative food and space, putting humans and wildlife in direct conflict.” The land-form can be described as flat and ideal for agriculture, unlike mountainous regions also found in Southeast Asia. For an elephant, this makes it ideal for grazing which is problematic for the farmer. Rather than consult with the forestry department, farmers are taking matters into their own hands and poisoning the gentle beings. "The elephants are feared to have been poisoned because they encroached on Malaysian plantations, giving fresh urgency to activists' warnings of rising conflict between man and wildlife as development accelerates … The WWF said the dead elephants were found in areas where forests were being converted for plantations within permanent forest reserves. " 14 elephants had been found dead at the time the article was written, some carcasses accompanied by calf's that were left behind. One cannot easily justify the wrongdoings of these…...

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