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Asian Elephant – Saving Wildlife - Wildlife Conservation Society

Asian Elephant – Saving Wildlife - Wildlife Conservation Society | conservation in southeast asia |
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.

-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.


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Thailand wildlife conservation

-Thailand’s tropical landscape shelters some of Southeast Asia’s most charismatic and endangered wildlife, including tigers, Asian elephants, Malayan tapirs, clouded leopards, and hornbills.

-Thailand’s protected area network has been well established over the course of half a century, and remains one of the strongest systems in Southeast Asia.

-Furthermore, wildlife within protected areas is still threatened by poaching for commercial sale.

-WCS is currently working in the Western Forest Complex and Kaeng Krachan National Park, two globally important landscapes for tigers, Asian elephants, and a host of smaller threatened species.

-WCS conservationists are helping the Thai government to improve the protected area system

-WCS has also worked closely with the government in the Western Forest Complex to establish a population monitoring system for Indochinese tigers.

-Conflicts between humans and wildlife—particularly with elephants—is another challenge to conservation

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Tiger Conservation Efforts

Tiger Conservation Efforts | conservation in southeast asia |
For centuries the tiger has been hunted both as a sport and for the delightful coat that it offers. All of that time though no one really thought about the future for these animals.
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-today we are desperately seeking ways to get their numbers up before it really is too late.

-The extent of the conservation efforts you will find really depend on the area where these tigers are living.

-Today efforts remain in place to prevent the killing of the Siberian Tiger

-Since the 1970’s tigers have been protected in some form in all areas except for Burma.

-However, they continue to be shot for their habitat and for their pelts.

-The campaign to stop the wearing of furs from many animals including the tiger though has definitely been a conservation effort that slowed these events.

-Even with conservation efforts in place the numbers of the various species of tigers out there is drastically low.

-However, there is still hope that with genetic profiling both in the wild and of those tigers in captivity that the numbers of them will slowly increase instead of decreasing.

- Stronger laws and penalties in place for poaching also need to be made a priority.


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