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The shortest elephants species discovered

The world's smallest elephant is the Borneo pygmy, which is a sub-species of, and 30 percent shorter than, the Asian elephant. An adult male measures between 1.7-2.6 m (5 ft 6 in-8 ft 6 in) tall, whereas the female measures 1.5-2.2 m (4 ft 11 in-7 ft 2 in) in height. The average estimated weight is 2,500 kg same as 5,500 lb. There are estimated to be more than 3,500 Bornean pygmy elephants in Borneo, Malaysia, where they were confirmed as being a separate sub-species in September 2003, following DNA research funded by the World Wildlife Fund organization.

This officially increases the number of sub-species of the Asian elephant to four, along with the Sri Lankan, Indian and Sumatran.

The tusks in the males only measure to about 0.5 - 1.7 m same as 1 ft 6 in-5 ft 6 in length and weigh up to 15 kg same as 33 lb.

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Asian Bornean Borneo Malaysia World Wildlife Fund


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