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Borneo Pygmy Forest Elephant

Elephas maximus borneensis


Borneo’s pygmy forest elephants are differentiated from Asian elephants by being smaller and slightly more docile. They also have straight tusks, larger ears and tails long enough to give them an almost comical, Dumbo-like appearance. From 2000 to 3000 are left, prompting scientists to consider them among the rarest of elephants. The largest remaining herds are concentrated around the lower Kinabatangan floodplain in Borneo.


Lower Kinabatangan floodplain, Malaysian Borneo.


Images by Gregg Yan / WWF.

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Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 8 years ago

What a sight! Great job!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Top spot :)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

Fantastic spotting well done :)

GreggYan 8 years ago

Thanks guys! This was the first wild elephant I ever saw. One moment there was nothing, then it was there by the riverbank, looking at us. Happened so fast! =)

AndyConners 8 years ago

Wow that's cool

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Wonderful spotting Gregg! Welcome to Project Noah.

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Spotted on Apr 9, 2011
Submitted on Sep 25, 2013

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