An Endangered Species
Information About The Elephant
Common Name: Sumatran Elephant
Scientific Name: Elephas maximus sumatrensis
Habitat: The elephants live in Asia, in the country, Indonesia, on an island called, Sumatra. Sumatran Elephants primarily inhabit tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests.
Diet: The elephants are Herbivorous. Which means they only eat plants and plant matter in order to gain all of the nutrients that they need to survive. They eat a wide variety of vegetation including grasses, leaves, roots, barks, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Sumatran Elephants often use their long trunk to assist them in gathering food.
Population: The population of the elephants has declined by at least 80% over the last 3 generations, estimated to be about 75 years. Now people think that there are no more than 2,800 elephants left on the earth.
What Is Threatening/Endangering Them: Sumatran Elephants are endangered because of habitat loss from palm oil plantations, illegal logging, and poachers.
What is Being Done to Help Them
WWF is working with partners in Sumatra to prevent destruction of forest habitat and secure well-managed protected areas and wider forest landscapes connected by corridors. WWF is developing solutions that ensure living space for both humans and elephants. The Veterinary Society for Sumatran Wildlife Conservation (Vesswic) is a registered non-profit organization founded in 2003 by a group of Sumatran veterinarians who are trying to implement cos effective betterment solutions in Sumatra for the elephants. This program in turn is whole heartedly supported by Asian Elephant Support.
How Can You Help?
Don't buy ivory products. You can adopt an elephant through WWF and you can also donate to WWF. Also, spreading the word about helping these elephants will really help too.