More drastic action needed to stop elephant killings in Sabah


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 14 Aug 2018

KOTA KINABALU: More drastic action needs to be taken to stop elephant killings, accidental or otherwise, in Sabah, says Sabah deputy chief minister Christina Liew.

Liew, who is also the state's Tourism, Culture and Environment minister, said there seemed to be no end to these deaths.

"All relevant departments, including wildlife officials, must be more aggressive in conducting raids, checks and monitoring to prevent similar incidents," she said.

Liew's remarks came following the latest death on Monday (Aug 13), where a dead elephant was found at a river in Kinabatangan.

"The carcass of an elephant was found floating at the Kinabatangan river at about 6pm Monday," she said.

The elephant, believed to be between two and three years old, was discovered by a tour guide who was bringing tourists on a boat-ride to the area.

Authorities also received a report on an injured elephant believed to have wondered into a snare trap, near the Taliwas Recreation Area in Tawau.

"That is also the area where an elephant was found dead about a month ago," Liew said.

The latest elephant death brings the total to 11 in Kinabatangan so far this year.


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