Johor Perhilitan translocates two elephants caught on Feb 15

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  • Friday, 21 Feb 2020

JOHOR BARU: The Johor Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) has translocated the two wild female elephants that were caught on Feb 15 at Batu 6, Jalan Mersing-Kota Tinggi to the Endau-Rompin National Park here on Friday (Feb 21).

Johor Perhilitan director Salman Saaban said the elephants were translocated with the help of Abot and Rambai – two female trained elephants from the National Elephant Conservation Centre in Kuala Gandah, Pahang.

"They arrived at the Bandar Penawar Perhilitan District Office on Wednesday (Feb 19) and the translocation process started on Thursday (Feb 20) and was completed on Friday," he said when contacted.

He also said that the two female elephants are aged 13 and 15 and were caught by Perhilitan 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 villages in the area," he added.

The 24-year-old Abot and 37-year-old Rambai are well known for helping Perhilitan in its operations to relocate wild elephants to a new habitat and were sent back to the National Elephant Conservation Centre in Kuala Gandah after the operation was completed.

Salman also said that the elephants could not be moved to the elephant sanctuary in Kota Tinggi as the sanctuary is still not operational.

He added that the sanctuary will be fully operational in July.

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

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

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

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