KOTA KINABALU: Umas, a male Bornean Pygmy elephant, was translocated from Felda’s Umas oil palm plantation in Kalabakan to the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve on Sunday (June 21).
Felda Plantation Planning Unit chief Izham Mustaffa said the translocation of Umas was the sixth translocation operation to be carried out in Felda Umas during the first six months of this year.
He said translocation exercises cost about RM150,000 and RM200,000.
“This is part of our proactive measures undertaken to protect the crops and properties without hurting the endangered elephants.
“For the first half of this year, the losses from the damage to crops caused by elephant encroachment amounted to RM430,000," Izham said.
He also said that Felda had spent some RM200,000 to repair the electric fence and buffer trench stretching 44,176m in the Felda Umas plantation area to keep the wild elephants out.
Wild elephants have been marauding plantations and farms in the east coast of ah over the past few months and Sabah Wildlife Department rangers have kept busy in pushing them back into the wildlife reserves or capturing them for translocation.
Izham said that it was Felda’s policy to support and practise sustainable plantation management that included conservation.
Sabah Wildlife Department assistant director Dr Sen Nathan said the two-metre tall Umas, believed to be over 20 years old, was captured on Friday (June 19).
"It is the sixth elephant to be translocated from the plantation and we believe there are still four more elephants in the area," Dr Sen said.
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