Abot and Rambai move into new sanctuary


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  • Friday, 21 Feb 2020

Jumbo care: Abot (left) and Rambai (right) helping to calm down a wild elephant during an operation to relocate it to the sanctuary at Batu 6, Jalan Kota Tinggi-Mersing in Johor.

JOHOR BARU: The Johor Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) has placed Abot and Rambai – two female domesticated elephants – in the newly-developed Kampung Panti Elephant Sanctuary in Kota Tinggi.

Johor Perhilitan director Salman Saaban said the elephants were transferred from the National Elephant Conservation Centre in Kuala Gandah, Pahang, on Monday.

“They arrived at the sanctuary on Tuesday. The duo will help the department in transferring wild elephants in Kota Tinggi into the sanctuary,” he said yesterday.

The 72.9 ha sanctuary is located along Jalan Lombong near the famous Kota Tinggi Waterfall.

It will be a tourist attraction for nature lovers to get close to elephants.

The 24-year-old Abot and 37-year-old Rambai were known for helping Perhilitan in its operations to relocate wild elephants to sanctuaries.

Salman said the sanctuary, which would be fully operational in June, also had an enclosure for injured baby elephants and those abandoned by their parents.

He said a 13km stretch of electric fencing would be erected from Kampung Sri Lukut and Kampung Mawai to the sanctuary.

He added that they were also expecting five more baby elephants from Kuala Gandah that were currently being tamed.

On the two female wild elephants that were caught on Feb 15 at Batu 6, Jalan Mersing-Kota Tinggi, Salman said they would be transferred to the Endau-Rompin National Park.

“The two female elephants, aged 13 and 14, were caught by the department after the public found them roaming around the area.

“They are part of the elephant herd that roams Kampung Mawai, Kampung Lukut, Kampung Sendayan, Kampung Temenin and other surrounding villages,” he added.

Salman said the elephants could not be placed in the sanctuary as the feeding area was still under construction.

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