Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Borneo elephant not really pygmy after all, admits Malaysian NGO

I've been suggesting for some time that the term "Borneo pygmy elephant" was incorrect, and started by the wildlife tourism industry.
The website of the Malaysiia-based wildlife and conservation NGO Hutan has an article (no date given) titled Pygmy or Just Borneo Elephant?, which opens by asking, is there really such a thing as a "Borneo pygmy elephant?" This referred to a 2003 WWF-Malaysia press release sent out on the occasion of a paper being published that identified the elephants of Borneo as part of a new sub-species. The press release used the term "Borneo pygmy elephants," which seems to have "caught on." Hutan says the elephants of Borneo should correctly be referred to as "Borneo elephants."

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