Illustration from Francisco Alcina 1668Elephants in the Philippines Ligaya Caballes February 11, 2015 animals, blog, fauna, history 1539 Alcina has illustrations and discussions on various animals found in the Bisayas and one of these is the elephant. He mentions how bracelets, earrings, and hilts of daggers were made from tusks and how they trapped them in deep pits covered in grass and branches. Sad reality of how hunting for their tusks cause them to be extinct which is a problem still today with both African and Asiatic elephants. Whether the elephants from Sulu arrived in the Bisayas through trade isn’t really known but the people of the Bisayas and Alcina himself knew of the existence of the elephants whether they personally saw them themselves or heard in passing. Considering Alcina drew an illustration of one in perfect detail, most likely he did see one. It’s interesting to note that in the various languages of the Philippines the word for elephant is found with slight variations of the word. Unfortunately they weren’t actively being bred by officials to keep the population alive and were eventually hunted toward extinction, only surviving now in Borneo. However these elephants now face what their ancestors faced in Java and Sulu and are considered endangered because of lost of habitat and hunting as well. Share on Facebook Share Share on TwitterTweet Share on Google Plus Share Share on Pinterest Share Share on LinkedIn Share Share on Digg Share Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.