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Asian Elephants in Peril
Asian elephants, already endangered in Indonesia and Thailand, are being threatened further by human encroachment and illegal trade. In Sumatra, Indonesia, elephants are pushed into conflict with local people as their forest habitat is logged to make way for palm oil plantations. In Thailand and Myanmar, an illegal and brutal trade in wild baby elephants is contributing to declining elephant populations.
Read investigative journalist Jim Wicken's corresponding article, "Palm Oil's Forgotten Victims: Sumatran Elephants Suffer in Rush for Liquid Ivory."
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