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Bornean elephant at risk of extinction
Numbers of the elephant have declined due to habitat loss.
The subspecies has been listed as endangered.

The Bornean elephant, a subspecies of Asian elephant, is at risk of extinction, with only around a 1,000 left in the wild.

The elephant has been listed as ‘Endangered’ on the updated IUCN Red List following its first assessment as a distinct subspecies.

Numbers of the Bornean elephant have dropped in the past 75 years, with loss of its forest habitat due to logging a major factor during that period.

Further loss of habitat due to the palm oil industry, timber plantations, mining and infrastructure projects threaten the future survival of the subspecies.

However, conservation projects are being carried out to try to preserve the Bornean elephant and save it from extinction.

Augustine Tuuga, director of the Sabah Wildlife Department and member of the IUCN SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group, said: “The last two decades have seen extensive efforts both to understand and to conserve Bornean elephants.

“These activities are vital to secure a future for this subspecies and to allow for smooth socio-economic development of the areas where the elephants are roaming.”

Compared to African and other Asian elephants, Bornean elephants are smaller, reaching heights of between 8.2 and 9.8 feet tall. The subspecies became isolated from other elephants around 300,000 years ago.

A total of 163,040 species are now listed on the IUCN Red List, with 45,321 currently assessed as being threatened with extinction.

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Special imports digital service set to change

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 From Monday, 15 July, Special Import Certificate (SIC) applications will only be accepted via the Veterinary Medicines Directorate's (VMD's) new special imports digital service.

The original online special import scheme will be decommissioned. The VMD says that the new service is easier to use, more secure and reliable, and meets accessibility legislation.

The VMD is urging veterinary surgeons who have not yet signed up for the new service to do so before 15 July. The new digital service can be accessed here

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RCVS course explains concerns process

A free, online course from the RCVS Academy has been launched, designed to clarify RCVS' concerns procedure.

The content will give veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses a better understanding of the process, and what they can expect if a concern is raised about them. It includes details of common concerns.

The interactive resource has been developed in collaboration with Clare Stringfellow, case manager in the RCVS Professional Conduct Team.

Ms Stringfellow said: "We appreciate that concerns can be very worrying, and we hope that, through this course, we can give vets and nurses a better understanding of the process and how to obtain additional support."

The course can be accessed via the RCVS Academy. Users are encouraged to record their learning for CPD.