From: Monga Bay
New study suggests Borneo’s had elephants for thousands of years
The research, published in January in the journal Scientific Reports, used genetic information and changes to the topography of the region to surmise that Asian elephants arrived in Borneo between 11,000 and 18,000 years ago.
The authors hypothesize that elephants moved from nearby islands or the Malaysian peninsula to Borneo via land bridges.
It’s an indication that the elephants are ‘native’ to Borneo, the scientists argue, and points to the need to bolster conservation efforts.