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The female elephant had been killed by poachers, her skin peeled clean off her body. WWF said this week that at least 20 killed and skinned Asian elephantsincluding females and juveniles, have been found in the Bago Yoma and Ayeyarwady regions of Myanmar since January. This is just shocking.

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The greatest threats to Asian elephants are habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation; illegal killing e. A world where people and ecologically functioning populations of wild Asian Elephants can co-exist and thrive across the elephants' range. WCS works with its government partners across Asia to improve law enforcement at key sites, in part through the roll-out of the SMART approach to managing rangers and patrol-based data.

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The continually growing human population of tropical Asia has encroached on the elephant's dense but dwindling forest habitat. Habitat loss and fragmentation Illegal hunting and trade Capture of wild elephants Genetic threat Disease. Toggle navigation.

The Asian elephant Elephas maximusalso called Asiatic elephantis the only living species of the genus Elephas and is distributed throughout the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asiafrom India in the west, Nepal in the north, Sumatra in the south, and to Borneo in the east. Three subspecies are recognised— E. The Asian elephant is the largest living land animal in Asia.

When you think about the animals you'd love to see in the wild, elephants would probably be top of most of our lists. But what if your hope of one day seeing them in their natural habitat ended - because there weren't any elephants left! Two years ago Newsround went to South Africa to find out more about the ivory trade, and the devastating impact it's had on the world's elephant populations.

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All rights reserved. Elephant skin is often sold as jewelry or promoted as a cure for ailments. In Mong La, a lawless town in Myanmar on the border with China, vendors sell it lower left alongside other illegal wildlife products, including ivory far right and pangolin scales lower bag.

Asian elephants Elephas maximus are native throughout Asia, from India to Borneo. Slightly smaller than African elephants, a bull Asian elephant can reach 12, pounds when fully grown. They live in grasslands and tropical forests, feeding on legumes, palms and grasses.

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A poached elephant in Myanmar. The elephant had been wearing a satellite-GPS collar as part of a Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute study tracking elephant movements to mitigate human-elephant conflict. Photo: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. The team first became aware of the crisis while conducting an unrelated study fitting Asian elephants —which are smaller than their African cousins—with satellite GPS collars to understand their movements better and reduce human-elephant conflict.

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The poaching of elephants for ivory, meat, hide and other parts mainly for use in traditional medicine is still prevalent in many countries across Asia. Despite worldwide protection through the Convention. Elephant ivory has been used by humans since the earliest times.

An estimated African elephants are killed each day by poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts, leaving onlyremaining. An insatiable lust for ivory products in the Asian market makes the illegal ivory trade extremely profitable, and has led to the slaughter of tens of thousands of African elephants. Between andthe price of ivory in China tripled, driving illicit poaching through the roof. If the elephants are to survive, the demand for ivory must be stopped.

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