Deforestation Could Wipe Out Sumatran Elephants

Creatures face extinction in 30 year

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 24, 2012 8:19 AM CST

(Newser) – If deforestation isn't slowed right away, wild Sumatran elephants could be extinct within three decades, environmentalists say. The creatures have been labeled "critically endangered," with their numbers cut in half since 1985; now, only 2,400 to 2,800 remain. The forests of Sumatra in Indonesia—host to some of Asia's key elephant populations— are being clear-cut for paper, timber, and palm oil, the AP notes. "Unless urgent and effective conservation action is taken these magnificent animals are likely to go extinct within our lifetime," said a rep for WWF.

A wild Sumatran elephant is seen roaming the forest in Perawang, Riau province, Indonesia, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012.
A wild Sumatran elephant is seen roaming the forest in Perawang, Riau province, Indonesia, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012.   (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In this Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 photo, a Sumatran elephant is seen in Perawang, Riau province, Indonesia.
In this Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 photo, a Sumatran elephant is seen in Perawang, Riau province, Indonesia.   (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
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