Home > News > Nation
Thursday February 28, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Wednesday April 17, 2013 MYT 12:02:40 PM
by ruben sario
KOTA KINABALU: Quick action by wildlife rescuers saved a herd of 10 Bornean pygmy elephants that had wandered off their range and ventured as close as 10km from the east coast town of Lahad Datu.
The rescue unit from the Sabah wildlife department captured and relocated the nine female adults and the lone male, a four-year-old calf, in an operation from Jan 18 to Jan 25.
Disclosing details of the eight-day roundup here yesterday, unit senior officer Jibius Dausip said the elephants had ventured more than 45km from the Tabin wildlife reserve.
“We received a call from Sri Tungku Simpang Ladang Permai, near Lahad Datu, that the elephants were roaming near his house,” he said.
Wildlife rangers rushed to the scene and captured the elephants using tranqualiser darts.
Department veterinarian Dr Diana Ramirez said the female elephants were transported to the Tabin reserve, with two of the largest animals fitted with satellite collars provided by the Danau Girang Field Centre.
The calf was transferred to the Low Kawi wildlife park, near here. “Its trunk was severely injured, probably from a snare trap. Without captive intervention it would have little chances of survival in the wild,” she said.
Department senior veterinarian Dr Senthivel Nathan said: “We are studying the possibility of releasing future translocated herds together.”
He said they were not able to translocate and release the current herd together due to logistical reasons. “That might also cost more.”
Danau Girang Field Centre director Dr Benoit Goosens said two elephants fitted with satellite collars by the centre showed they had not ventured into plantations around Tabin.
“If they return in the vicinity of Lahad Datu, we will advise plantation owners on how to fence their land to avoid any intrusion.”
Tags / Keywords:
Nation, News, Environment, Government, elephants, pygmy, wildlife, rangers, forest, plantations, tabiin, kok lawi
Summit to stress on ‘self-restraint’
Colourful end to Asean People’s Forum
Listen to proposals from bottom up, says Suhakam
Rohingya refugee issue now for Asean to solve, says Anifah
Draw up South China Sea code soon, Beijing urged
2,000 police deployed to ensure security for 26th Asean Summit
Thirst concert cancelled at 11th hour
Votes sought for best and worst statements by Malaysians
Most-used emoji: Malaysians most savvy and third-most LGBT-friendly
Next stop – Sensational Singapore
How Malaysians abroad are bridging a skills gap
Leicester keep up Houdini-style escape, Man City win
From a waiter at Lafite to a service industry professional
Local firms bag Petronas jobs worth RM350mil in first quarter
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)