12 Feb '13, 10am

Frontline Online: 14 elephants found dead in Borneo

For London-based conservation charity, Elephant Family, the fact that Asian elephants made the news last week is news in itself. The emotive image of a baby Asian elephant trying to wake its dying mother momentarily turned a full beam spotlight on their plight. The grotesque sight of bloated, upturned elephants is being reported all too frequently in forests right across Asia. Gruesome discoveries of entire family groups are coming in on a weekly basis. While the causes vary, the result is the same: the steady annihilation of a species is well underway, with only the photogenic cases making the news. And therein lies the problem – the plight of Asia’s wild elephants is hidden from view. The death toll is building-up in dark jungles, private plantations, on railway tracks and remote plantations rather than open savannah landscapes, so much easier to document from the air. T...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1806097/fr...

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