Habitat loss puts the squeeze on China’s growing wild elephant herd

Under a footbridge in southwest China’s Yunnan province, a lone female elephant makes a rare appearance at a clearing on the edge of thick forest, ignoring the heavy rain and the gathering crowds to graze and bathe in the chocolate-coloured water.Usually, visitors hoping to spot the animals should wait until February or March, when the females were seeking mates, said Qin Ganglin, a protection officer at the Wild Elephant Valley in Yunnan’s Xishuangbanna region, on the border with Laos and…


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