National Tiger Conservation Centre 90% completed

The National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Sungkai, Perak. Injured tigers will be treated here before they are transferred to NTCC. — Filepic

KUALA NERUS: The National Tiger Conservation Centre (NTCC), covering 40ha in Lanchang, Pahang is scheduled for completion and will begin operating by the end of the year, said Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) director-general Datuk Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim.

He said the work on the NTCC project, costing RM15mil and located near the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, was now 90% ready.“Based on plans, tigers in animal-human conflict that are caught will be taken first to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Sungkai, Perak to be treated before they are transferred to NTCC prior to being returned to their natural habitat,” he said after a public lecture on managing wildlife at Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) here.

Also present was UMT vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Nor Aieni Mokhtar.

In another development, Abdul Kadir said the department closely monitored illegal online sale of wildlife in the country, which resulted in the arrest of 50 individuals since 2013.

“We monitor advertisements on social media, such as Facebook, on the sale of wildlife such as pangolin, owl and wild cat,” he added. — Bernama

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