Bornean pygmy elephant

Elephas maximus / Elephas maximus borneensis

Although the smallest of the elephant species, the Bornean elephant is still the largest mammal found on Borneo, reaching up to 3 metres high. They differ genetically compared to their mainland cousins, and have baby-like faces, larger ears, and longer tails.



A cute bornean pygmy elephant got photographed by our camera trap in 2016

Sadly, Sabah has lost 60% of its lowland rainforest, the perfect elephant habitat, to deforestation for agriculture and plantation. As a result, the elephants struggle to find food and often come into conflict with humans and are killed. There are thought to be less than 2,060 left in the wild.

Approx. 500 individuals are estimated for Tabin.


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