Asian elephants, which once ranged widely across the continent, are an endangered species threatened by poaching and habitat destruction. WCS promotes elephant conservation throughout Asia.
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-Asian elephants were historically found throughout the continent, from West Asia along the Iranian coast into the Indian subcontinent, eastward into Southeast Asia and China at least as far as the Yangtze River.http://www.scoop.it/t/conservation-in-southeast-asia
-Much of the species’ habitat has been converted into farmland, so elephants frequently feed on domestic crops, creating serious conflict with humans.
-Illegal killing (poaching), loss of habitat, and other forms of conflict with humans are all major threats to Asia’s elephants and these threats are increasing as the continent’s human population continues to grow.
-The population of Asian elephants has declined significantly in recent decades, and the species is considered endangered, which means theWCS supports and promotes elephant conservation -throughout Asia. re is a very high risk of this animal’s extinction in the wild.
-WCS believes that a key tool for effecting conservation is to monitor the outcomes of interventions by studying trends in elephant population size.
-The results of our work will improve the management of remaining elephant populations and their habitat.
-WCS is also working with local communities throughout Southeast Asia to reduce human-elephant conflict.