The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

July 27, 2005

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Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 07:34:32 -0700
From: World Wildlife Fund <>
To: Alan Sondheim <>
Subject: WWF: Introducing Your New Pygmy Elephant...

Meet Your New Pygmy Elephant... Penelope!

Dear Alan,

WWF received thousands of name suggestions for your pygmy
elephant from WWF supporters like you! We then selected ten
finalists for a public vote. Thousands of votes later, the
winning name that you chose for one of the pygmy elephants
involved in this first-ever study of these pint-sized pachyderms
was Penelope.

Bornean pygmy elephants, like Penelope are found only in the
northeast tip of Borneo, in the Malaysian state of Sabah. It was
only just recently that WWF and Columbia University scientists
proved that these pygmy elephants are a separate sub-species of
Asian elephants, and as a result the only thing we know for sure
about these elephants is that we need to act quickly to conserve

Donate Today to Help Protect Penelope and other Pygmy Elephants!

How many are there? Do they form close-knit matriarchal
societies like other elephants? Why do they live only in a tiny
pocket of forest on the northeast tip of Malaysian Borneo? These
are the questions WWF's field team and Malaysia's wildlife
authorities are actively trying to answer.

This month's E-newsletter announced WWF's first-ever scientific
study on pygmy elephants which involves collaring and tracking
these elephants in the wild via satellite. With your donation to
WWF today, you can support WWF's efforts to learn more about
these gentle-natured elephants and also help protect the
vanishing forest habitat in which they live.

The once-lush forests of northeast Borneo--the only home for
pygmy elephants in the world--have been cleared extensively over
the past 30 years to establish tree plantations to satisfy the
world's demand for palm oil.

The best hope for the long-term survival of Borneo's elephants,
while helping to provide for the people who live in Sabah, lies
in sustainable forest management for timber production. Pygmy
elephants can survive and breed in forests that are used
carefully for timber production--where only the largest trees
are selected to be cut down, while the rest of the trees are
allowed to grow and provide a home for elephants and other
forest inhabitants.

Any gift you can give today will be put to immediate use. But
make a contribution of $50 of more, and receive a
limited-edition elephant plush as a special thank you!  Please
help protect pygmy elephants--like Penelope--today!

Mark Pilipczuk
Vice President, Membership

P.S. Every dollar you contribute today makes us that much more
effective in our conservation efforts.  Remember, if you donate
$50 or more, you can receive your FREE limited-edition elephant
plush to serve as a reminder of the important conservation work
you support.

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