From: Research Matters
Jumbos in trouble: Asian elephants set to lose almost half of their present habitat, says study
India harbours approximately half of the total population of the endangered wild Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). They need large areas for survival and are considered as “umbrella species” as their conservation also protects other species that occupy that same habitat. However, like many other animals, elephants are also facing the heat of a changing climate, and are a victim of habitat loss. In a recent study, an international team of researchers from India, Spain, Nepal, Myanmar, Italy and Germany has examined how climate change and human activities affect the distribution of the Asian elephants in India and Nepal. The study was published in the journal Diversity and Distributions.