Bornean Pygmy Elephant, The smallest elephant in the World in Sabah, Malaysia

The Bornean Pygmy Elephant - Smallest Elephant in the World

The Bornean Pygmy Elephant - The males rarely exceed 2.5m in height while a large female measures around 2m. Today they are only found in the North East of Borneo.

The Bornean Pygmy Elephant has other peculiar features when compared to other elephant species - they have long tails and straight tusks (only possessed by males). It is assumed that these features, including their small size, are adaptions to a dense forest environment. Perhaps the most peculiar feature of the Bornean Elephant is its tameness. The elephants show a high level of tolerance to humans being in close quarters - as can be seen when they are watched on the bays of the Lower Kinabatangan River by tourists in boats.

The Bornean Elephant has only recently been established as a distinct lineage, they were previously assumed to be artificial extensions of either the Asian Elephant or the Sumatra subspecies. As a result of this they are now recognised as very important from a conservation perspective. Current estimates suggest the total number of elephants in existence is 1,600. These are located in a small area in Borneo stretching from Sebuku Sembakung in north-east Kalimantan through to Maliau, Danum, Kinabatangan and Tabin on the eastern side of Sabah.

The largest single population of Bornean Elephants (150 - 200 elephants) can be found in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. This large herd size is a reflection of the shrinking options for the elephants to roam the land. The Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 64,250 acres. However, plantations surround large parts of the Sanctuary and these are expanding. This creates increased conflict between the elephants and the people of the area.

The WWF (Asian Rhino and Elephant Strategy) and Sabah Wildlife Department have now radio-collared some Bornean Elephants so to track their movements. It is hoped this will help identify the critical forest areas for these elephants so they can be preserved.

2D1N and 3D2N trips can be arranged to the Kinabatangan River (part of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary) where you may have a chance of seeing a Bornean Elephant. If you are interested in a trip to the River then please contact the Borneo Dream team.

Borneo Dream Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd can be found at 3 locations across Kota Kinabalu from Tanjung Aru which is near Terminal 2 of the Airport, Sutera Harbour which is centrally located and the Gaya Island Resort located on Pulau Gaya part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Offices are manned Monday to Saturday from 08:30 till 17:00 and the Booking Hotline is on from 07:30 till 20:00 7 Days a Week.

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F-G-1 Plaza Tanjung Aru
Jalan Mat Salleh
88100 Kota Kinabalu
Sabah, Malaysia
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Gaya Island Resort | YTL Hotels
Malohom Bay, Pulau Gaya
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
88000 Kota Kinabalu
Sabah, Malaysia
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PADI 5 Star Dive Resort S-36409

Sutera Harbour Dive Resort
Marina Boardwalk
1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard,
88100 Kota Kinabalu
Sabah, Malaysia.
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