Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Sumatran elephant faces extinction in 30 years: WWF

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/featurenews/view/1178794/1/.html


In Indonesia, the number of critically endangered species are increasing, with the new addition of the Sumatran elephant. This group of species that are critically endangered includes the Sumatran orangutan, the Javan, the Sumatran rhinos and the Sumatran tigers. In my opinion, this shows how poorly the Indonesian government is doing to protect the environment and the habitats of these endangered species, which actually disrupts the whole ecosystem out in the wildlife. Their habitat are constantly used for agricultural plantations or for deforestation, which unknowingly destroyed the important habitat of this Sumatran elephant. If this goes on, these elephants can be extinct in less than 30 years. I feel that the result of such a tragedy is also due to the rapid deforestation by the paper industries or the oil palm plantations. This will also upset the balance of nature and result in a butterfly effect, which ends up causing harm to the humans in the end.


  1. The Sumatran Elephants would be extinct within 30 years if the deforestation and the agricultural plantations continues to take their habitat away. Despite laws to reduce the rate of deforestation, 70% of their habitat have been destroyed in one generation. The article obviously shows that they want an end to the environmental deforestation and which is very possible to stop the extinction of the Sumatran Elephants

  2. I feel that the main cause of this issue is due to the fact that most of the deforestation is due to the fact that Indonesia, being a developing country, has clear its forests for the sake of profits to develop. The financial burden of protecting its forests is stopping the country from being able to fully stop the endangerment of these species. It is impossible to stop the extinction of animal species unless something is done to help countries further develop, while keeping its forests and wildlife remain intact. Everyone has benefits from the protection of these animals and each of us should share in the cost of preserving them. Developed countries should help developing countries such as Indonesia protect its forests and wildlife, for the sake of future generations.

  3. In the eyes of an Indonesian, there's nothing much they can do to stop the extinction of species as they need urbanisation to keep their economy growing. As Indonesia is a developing country, they cannot possibly cease the destroy of habitats and fully focus on conserving wildlife.