Borneo Pygmy Elephant - Elephas maximus borneensis
This Elephant Bull of Elephas maximus borneensis was seen at a Plantation. They are in the wild but accepted by the workers/residents of this Plantation and even when they encroached to their gardens and family farms to feed on the vegetation, they will not be harmed. The Management of the Plantation is allowing eco-tourism in the Plantation ground and workers are encourage to reports sightings of them to the office so that visitors there have a better chance to encounter them as it is a large plantation with big network of rough roads.
We were fortunate on this sighting within 2 minutes into our drive from the accommodation we were staying at. In fact, the sighting could have been earlier/faster if I didn't asked the truck to stop when I saw a Cobra crossing in front of the vehicle but our guides says they wanted us to see the Bull Elephant first before we stops for other animals.
The Borneo elephant also called the Borneo pygmy elephant inhabits northeastern Borneo. Its origin remains the subject of debate. A definitive subspecific classification as ''Elephas maximus borneensis'' awaits a detailed range-wide morphometric and genetic study. Since 1986, ''Elephas maximus'' has been listed as endangered by IUCN as the population has declined by at least 50% over the last three generations, estimated to be 60–75 years. The species is pre-eminently threatened by habitat loss,.. more