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Saving the orang utan’s friends

  The Star Online
Tuesday May 23, 2006

By protecting the forest home of orang utans, we are also protecting other critically endangered species such as the Sumatran rhino and Borneo pygmy elephant. 

Sabah is home to some of the less than 300 remaining Sumatran rhinos in the world. These survive in very small and highly fragmented populations, and Indonesia and Malaysia are their last significant range states.  

The smallest of all rhinos and the only two-horned rhino in Asia, the Bornean subspecies of the Sumatran rhino is the most endangered of all rhinoceros species in the world. 

Sabah is also home to some 1,000 pygmy elephants. Identified as a subspecies of Asian elephants only in 2003, they are smaller, chubbier and more gentle-natured than other Asian elephants. They are found only on the northeast tip of Borneo, mainly in Sabah.  

A few of these elephants were collared with satellite tracking devices last year, which confirmed that each elephant belongs to a herd of 30 to 50 individuals led by a mature matriarch, and often split off into smaller groups for days or weeks at a time.  

This tracking also revealed that the Borneo pygmy elephant is a lowland animal – it lives only along river valleys and other low-lying areas, except on occasions when the group has to travel over a hill to reach another valley. Thus elephants must have lowlands to survive. Their diet consists of at least 162 species of plants.  

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