But none of this should imply that things are going smoothly for Asian elephants. In China, habitat degradation still threatens the mammals, and rubber trees are coming to dominate the forests where elephants live. "The destruction is a national tragedy," Chang said. "We need the central government to put their foot down and help; otherwise the elephant is doomed."
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