Pygmy Elephant Saved By Royal Gift 100s of Years Ago

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When the Sultan of Java sent the Sultan of Sulu a gift of Pygmy Elephants hundreds of years ago, he couldn’t possibly have understood that this gift would save a genetically distinct species from extinction. The Pygmy elephant is genetically distinct from other Southeast Asian elephants and was once found only on and around Java. With the arrival of Europeans starting in the 1500s, the elephant lost most of its original territory and became extinct by the end of the 1700s — following the typical pattern of European-minded man-over-the-environment philosophy. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

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