Bornean elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) crossing a road. Danum Valley Conservation Area, Sabah, North Borneo, Malaysia. The Bornean elephants are found only in the northeast tip of Borneo, in the Malaysian state of Sabah. In June 2005 a team from the Sabah Wildlife Department in Malaysia and WWF's Borneo office were collaring five Bornean elephants. It was the first time anyone has ever studied Borneo's elephants. It will be the largest study ever done to track Asian elephants via satellite. It was not until 2003 that the Bornean elephant had been scientifically recognized as a sub-species in 2003.