Sumatran Elephants Essay

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Need to survive. “ Sumatran Elephants eat a wide variety of vegetation including grasses, leaves, shoots, barks, fruits, nuts, and seeAs its name suggests, the Sumatran Elephant is found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. However, the Sumatran Elephant population has severely dropped. “They have lost 80% of their natural habitat to deforestation for palm oil plantations.” (a-z-animals.com). Poachers are also hunting them for their ivory tusks which is killing them off as well. “In 2012, the Sumatran Elephant was changed from “endangered” to “critically endangered” because half of it’s population has been lost in one generation.” (a-z-animals.com). Unfortunately, palm oil plantations are a huge production and will not be stopping anytime soon, this means that Sumatran Elephants are going to keep going to die off.

Sumatran Elephants are herbivores, meaning that they only eat plants and plant matter. This helps them to gain all the nutrients that they nds. They also use their long trunks to help assist them in gathering food. But the bad thing about this is humans keep cutting down the trees which has their berries and bark that they eat. The less that they have of all these things is just another thing that puts them in danger.” (a-z-animals.com)

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“ In 1985, an island-wide rapid survey suggested that between 2,800 and 4,800 elephants lived in all eight mainland provinces of Sumatra in 44 populations.” (a-z-animals). That is until humans got a hold of their habitat and started using all of that space ( their habitat) for palm oil productions. “ By 2008, the elephants had become locally extinct in 23 of the 44 ranges identifies in Sumatra in 1985.” (a-z-animals.com). Poachers also are killing the elephants for their ivory tusks. Studies show that the Sumatran Elephant’s biggest predator is us

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