- Carcass of Liningkung
- Satellite collar that was set up on Liningkung and that helped finding his carcass
- Carcass of Liningkung with SFD’s rangers
Photos: Sabah Forestry Department
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This is with great sadness that DGFC is announcing the death of Liningkung, a beautiful Elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) bull that was collared and translocated from Telupid area to Ulu Segama Forest Reserve in May 2016, following conflicts with villagers. He lived happily for 18 months before being most likely shot by poachers. His carcass was found yesterday morning by Sabah Forestry Department’s staff after DGFC was concerned about a lack of movements and provided his latest GPS location. The tusks were still on the animal which leads us to assume that he escaped from his poachers. This is the third Elephant found dead in the area after Sabre (also collared by DGFC) and another bull were found shot and de-tusked last December.
The recent move announced by Datuk Sam Mannan, Chief Conservator of Forests, to set up a special wildlife enforcement unit to go after wildlife poachers and traders is absolutely vital, or else we will lose all our charismatic species… Elephants, Bantengs (Bos javanicus), Pangolins (Manis javanica), etc.