While Sabre's murder is tragic, Goossens remains hopeful that the Bornean people can learn to live with the pygmy elephants, and that poaching can be stopped. "There is always hope," Goossens said. "I personally won't give up! I think wildlife has a future in Sabah."
To learn more about pygmy elephants in Borneo, you can visit the Danau Girang Field Centre's website. If you'd like to help Asian elephants, you can make a donation to Elephant Nature Park, a Thai sanctuary that rescues elephants from the tourism industry.
Correction: A previous version of the article stated that there were about 15,000 Bornean pygmy elephants left in the wild, according to a National Geographic source. However, according to Benoit Goossens, there are between 1,500 and 2,000 Bornean elephants in Borneo, and 95 percent of them are in Sabah.