Elephant Saved at Oil Palm Plantation

KOTA KINABALU: A weak and dehydrated young female Borneo pygmy

elephant was rescued in an oil palm plantation on Sabah’s east coast

amidst renewed calls by a wildlife expert for the creation of forest

corridors.

State Wildlife Department director Laurentius Ambu

said its personnel were alerted by Malaysian Palm Oil Board staff about

the two-year-old elephant trapped in a moat within the Lahad Datu

plantation.

He said the elephant appeared to have been left

behind by its herd, likely from the Tabin Wildlife Sanctuary in the

district.

Safe now:

Wildlife Department personnel calming the six-monthold female elephant

calf upon its arrival at the Wildlife Park in Lok Kawi near Kota

Kinabalu recently.

The find of the pachyderm on Friday

came barely two weeks after another six-month-old female elephant was

rescued from Ladang Felcra/KTS, also in the Lahad Datu district.

Laurentius

said both elephants were being transferred to the Lok Kawi Wildlife

Park about 15km from the city for observation.

He said the

department personnel had also fitted a tracking collar on an adult

female elephant in the Lower Kinabatangan region on the east coast.

This

would enable wildlife experts to track the animal’s movements to enable

them to better map out a forest corridor for the animals.

NGO

Hutan Elephant Conser-vation scientific director Dr Marc Ancrenaz said

forest corridors were urgently needed to link the isolated elephant

population currently trapped in the lower Kinabatangan flood plains

area.

“Due to increased human activity and extensive oil palm

plantations, the herds in Kinabatangan are completely disconnected from

the elephant population in the forest reserves of Segaliud, Tangkulap

and Deramakot,” he said.

Source : The Star

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