Five Bornean elephants near Danau Girang Field Centre, in Lot 5 of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary (LKWS) have been fitted with satellite collars. The exercise, carried out between June 4 and 6, aimed to help the authorities to collect additional movement data on the elephants’ movement.
The move, was part of a collaborative project between the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD), the NGO HUTAN and the Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC), a joint press release from Sabah Wildlife Department and Danau Girang Field Centre said.
The project was funded by the Asian Elephant Conservation Fund from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Elephant Family, Houston Zoo and Columbus Zoo.
The collaring operations were led by two young women, Malaysian PhD student Nurzhafarina Othman, who is registered at Cardiff University and attached to DGFC, and Mexican wildlife veterinarian Dr Diana Ramirez who is attached to SWD’s Wildlife Rescue Unit and DGFC.
Dr Diana Ramirez said in just three days, their team managed to collar four females and one male.
“We re-collared a female that was previously tagged in October 2011 and named Putut, three new females selected by our colleague Nurzhafarina for her PhD on the social behaviour of the Kinabatangan elephants, and named Ita, Bell and Tess; and one male of 30-40 years old named Sejati.
“I would like to congratulate my team and especially all the boys from our Wildlife Rescue Unit, as well as the River Keeper Unit boys and DGFC staff and students who did an amazing job,” said Ramirez. More....