24 Jan '12, 3am

Sumatran elephant population plunges; WWF calls for moratorium on deforestation

Sumatran elephant population plunges; WWF calls for moratorium on deforestation mongabay.com January 24, 2012 Sumatran elephants in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. Photo by Rhett A. Butler The Sumatran elephant subspecies (Elephas maximus sumatranus ) was downgraded to critically endangered on IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species on Tuesday, prompting environmental group WWF to call for an immediate moratorium on destruction of its rainforest habitat, which is being rapidly lost to oil palm estates, timber plantations for pulp and paper production, and agricultural use. "The Sumatran elephant joins a growing list of Indonesian species that are critically endangered, including the Sumatran orangutan, the Javan and Sumatran rhinos and the Sumatran tiger," said Dr. Carlos Drews, Director of WWF’s Global Species Programme, in a statement. "Unless urgent and effective con...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0124-sumatran_elephant.html

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