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Sumatran elephant

Sumatran elephants walk across a beam during morning practice at the Elephant Training Centre in Minas, Indonesia's Riau province February 29, 2008. The Sumatran elephant, the smallest of the Asian elephants, is facing serious pressures arising from illegal logging and rapid forest conversion to palm oil plantations. As forests shrink, elephants are increasingly closer to fields and cultivated land, generating conflict with humans that often result in the death of the elephants by poisoning or capture, according to a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report in 2007. The Minas Elephant Training Centre protects more than 40 elephants from around 200 elephant populations in Riau's forests. REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA)

Sumatran elephants face extinction

The Sumatran elephant could be extinct in the wild within three decades unless immediate steps are taken to slow the breakneck pace of poachers and deforestation, environmentalists warn.