A First for Sabah and Country to Set Up Wildlife Rescue Unit

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Wildlife Department will be setting up a

wildlife rescue unit.

Funding for the unit will be from the smart

partnership formed by the department, the Malaysian Palm Oil Council

and a well-known resort in Sabah.

Department director Laurentius

Ambu said the unit would not only be the first of its kind in Sabah but

also in the country.

“The unit will be responsible for wildlife

rescue and translocation operations throughout the state.

“It

will also carry out on-site wildlife enforcement and monitoring. It will

liaise with other stakeholders such as the World Wide Fund for Nature

Malaysia and the plantation sector on other relevant wildlife

conservation activities to emphasise the importance of conservation and

promote awareness among the people through its activities,” he said in a

statement.

Meanwhile, the department’s chief field veterinarian

Dr Sen Nathan, who is involved with the unit, said a six-month-old

elephant was rescued by department staff in Lahad Datu after the animal

was spotted roaming in a Felcra plantation.

The calf, believed to

have been left behind by its mother, was handed over to the unit and

had been sent to Sandakan.

“The baby elephant was rescued in the

nick of time.

“If we had been delayed by a couple of hours, the

elephant would not have survived.

“She is now recovering well and

her appetite is good. How the baby elephant got separated from its

mother is anyone’s guess but in normal circumstances a mother elephant

would never abandon a healthy baby elephant like this one,” said Dr Sen.

“Our wildlife rangers were unable to find the mother,” he said. –

Bernama

Source : The Star

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