24 Jan '12, 6am

Sumatra elephant faces extinction in 30 years: WWF

Sumatra elephant faces extinction in 30 years: WWF

This file photo taken in Sep 2011 shows a mahout deployed as a forest ranger under the Conservation Response Unit bathing his elephant on a river in the Ulu Masen forest in Aceh province, on western Indonesia's Sumatra island. Less than 3,000 Sumatran elephants, indigenous to Indonesia, remain in the wild and are in danger of extinction in less than 30 years, the World Wildlife Fund said. -- PHOTO: AFP JAKARTA (AFP) - Sumatran elephants in the wild face extinction in less than 30 years unless there is an 'immediate moratorium' on destruction of the animals' habitat, environmental group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) warned on Tuesday. There are now between 2,400 and 2,800 of the elephants left in the wild on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, which means the population has halved since 1985, said the WWF. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has also changed...

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