KOTA KINABALU: Sabah hopes to fast track the "green food corridor" along the Kinabatangan river to minimise human-elephant conflict, says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew.
"I held a meeting with a few non-governmental organisations and we have decided that these green food corridors are the best way for wildlife - particularly elephants - to forage for their food," said Liew.
She said that over 160ha of land along the Kinabatangan river where elephants and other wildlife including orang utans frequent has been identified.
"This way, the herds won't go into oil palm plantations for food. The best way is to provide food sources in their known habitats," said Liew who is also the Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister on Friday (March 15).
Liew said she has also briefed Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal about the plans following the latest deaths of the protected Borneo Pygmy elephants.
Liew said that she has yet to get the detailed reports of the post-mortems of two elephants found dead in Tawau and Kinabatangan on Thursday (March 14) night.
"There is no indication on the cause of the deaths," she said, adding that the samples have been sent for toxicology tests by the Sabah Wildlife Department.