Lok Kawi wildlife park seeks funds for urgent upkeep


KOTA KINABALU: The state government has been urged to allocate funds to address issues faced by the Lok Kawi wildlife park.

Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Jafry Ariffin said there were too many pressing issues that needed to be addressed including lack of manpower and faulty facilities there.

“For example, there are not enough workers to look after the elephants in the park.

“We have 14 elephants but only six staff members to care for them. The standard is to have two caretakers for each elephant, ” he said after paying a visit to the park.

In terms of infrastructure and facilities, Jafry said the aviary, reptile house and clinic needed to be upgraded and maintained.

“The aviary is one of the main attractions where visitors can experience a walk with the wildlife outside its cage.

“But it has to be closed down in April due to its rundown state, ” he said.

Jafry said the park management was still waiting for the funds from the Public Works Department to carry out repair works.

“Cut down on bureaucracy so that we can speed up the process to fix this issue, ” he said.

During the visit, officials also told the minister that safety aspects and features must be upgraded as well.

This comes following an incident in August when a clouded leopard slipped out of its cage.

It was recaptured not long after that.

Some minor upgrading works on the fencing and animal enclosures are being carried out at the moment.

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