Sabah Sets Up Wildlife Rescue Unit

KOTA KINABALU, May 23 (Bernama) — The Sabah Wildlife Department has

initiated the setting up of a Sabah Wildlife Rescue Unit which would be

responsible for all wildlife rescue in the state.

Funding for the unit would be from a smart partnership among the

department, the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) and a well-known

resort in Sabah, said its director Laurentius Ambu.

“This kind of dedicated wildlife rescue unit is actually the first of

its kind in Sabah or even Malaysia. The unit will be responsible for

undertaking wildlife rescue and translocation operations throughout the


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

liaise with other stakeholders such as the World Wide Fund For Nature,

Malaysia (WWF Malaysia) and the plantation sector on other relevant

wildlife conservation activities to emphasise the importance of wildlife

conservation and promote awareness among the people of the state

through its activities,” he said in a statement, here.

Meanwhile, the department’s chief field veterinarian Dr Sen Nathan, who

is involved with the unit, said a six-month-old cow baby elephant was

rescued on Tuesday by the department staff in Lahad Datu after the

management of a Felcra plantation reported having seen the animal

roaming there.

The calf, believed to have been left behind by its mother, was handed

over to the unit and is now in Sandakan.

“The baby elephant was rescued in the nick of time. If we were even

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 patrolled the area to see if the mother could be

located but could not find any elephant,” he said.

Dr Sen praised the management of the plantation for quickly notifying

the department for assistance, and making sure that the baby elephant

was not disturbed by people in the estate.

Source : BERNAMA

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