Photo Gallery: Pygmy Elephants at Risk in Borneo

Photo Gallery: Pygmy Elephants at Risk in Borneo
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August 10, 2007—Workers check a satellite collar on a rare "Borneo pygmy" elephant in Malaysia's Sabah state on the island of Borneo.

Satellite tracking and other data have revealed that logging and commercial plantations critically threaten the little-known animals' limited island habitat, according to a report released August 9 by the international conservation organization WWF.

The first known study of these relatively tame elephants, the project began in June 2005. WWF and the Sabah Wildlife Department collared five pygmy elephants. Because elephants live in matriarchal groups, workers collared one adult female from each herd.

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—Photograph from AP/WWF
 
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