Sabah Wildlife Dept offering 'jumbo' reward for info on elephant poachers

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  • Thursday, 05 Jan 2017

A file picture of the "sabre-tooth" Borneo Pygmy Elephant with the downward-arching tusks.

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Wildlife Department is offering a RM10,000 reward for any valid information leading to the capture of poachers who killed two Borneo Pygmy Elephants, including one with a rare "sabre-tooth" appearance.

"Our investigators have some leads. We believe the reward will bring us more information,'' said its director Augustine Tuuga.

The Department has put up notices offering the reward around the Kinabatangan area where the two animals were killed, presumably for their tusks.

The carcass of the "sabre-tooth" elephant, so named because its tusks grow in a downwards arch, was found on Dec 31.

It was fitted with a satellite collar and is believed to have been killed in November in the Kawag Forest Reserve while the carcass of the other was found on Dec 27.

The elephant with the "sabre-tooth" tusks was relocated to the reserve about three months ago.

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