Shared duty to save wildlife


Elephant dangerously crossing the Sukau- kinabatangan Highway with no regard to oncoming traffic.

THE demise of Puntung, one of the last three remaining Sumatran rhinoceroses, early this month united us in our grief. The tragic and avoidable death of a baby elephant by a speeding vehicle on the Gerik-Jeli Highway on June 19 left both the public and the conservation community dismayed and horrified. From June 5, photos surfaced on social media of the hunting and killing of protected and endangered species including the Malayan sun bear, ostensibly by indigenous hunters.

It looks as though the future of wildlife in Malaysia is very bleak indeed, and that extinction is a certainty for many species.

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