World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day was launched to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature.

The future of the Bornean elephants is at extreme risk. This is due to a number of factors including: the recent increase of elephant killings across Sabah as a result of human-elephant conflict and the ivory trade; the further fragmentation of elephant habitat; the development of major infrastructure projects, such as the Pan Borneo Highway; and the challenges faced by various societal groups to co-exist peacefully with the elephant.

The Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) is classed as Endangered on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN 2018). In Sabah, the species is totally protected under the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997, meaning that elephants cannot be hunted or shot under any circumstances.
Killing an elephant or possessing elephant products is an offence and carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

Sabah Wildlife Department and the Wildlife Rescue Unit are dedicated to protecting the Bornean Elephant and work with local organisations such as Seratu Aatai - Sabah Biodiversity Conservation Organization, who have made this video to increase awareness of the elephants' plight in Sabah.