• The tusks of Liningkung were found along with the carcass, leading officials to believe it fled from poachers after it was shot.
  • Forestry rangers at the site where the highly decomposed carcass of Liningkung was found.

Photos: Sabah Forestry Department

Malaysia: Collared Elephant Bull Found Dead Near Kawag Reserve; Tusks Intact
13th December 2017;

Liningkung, one of the few collared Bornean Elephants (Elephas maximus borneensis), was found dead close to the Kawag Forest Reserve on Tuesday morning.

The severely decomposed carcass of the Elephant bull was found by staff of the Sabah Forestry Department, after Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC) was “concerned about a lack of movements and provided his latest GPS location.”

Liningkung is believed to have been shot by poachers, but escaped, and fled to the Reserve where it eventually died.

News of the Elephant’s death, the eighth in the last 14 months, was posted on DGFC website Wednesday.

Benoit Goossens, the DGFC Director, confirmed the discovery of carcass and with its tusks intact.

This is the ninth reported death of the ‘totally protected’ Bornean Elephant in Sabah within the last 14 months.

In its Facebook posting, DGFC wrote:

“This is with great sadness that DGFC is announcing the death of Liningkung, a beautiful Elephant 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.”

Goossens added: “The recent move announced by 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.”

A veterinarian from the Sabah Wildlife Department is at the site conducting a post mortem.

Source: BorneoToday

The injured Elephant at the Borneo Elephant Sanctuary where it was being treated before it died on Wednesday.

Malaysia: Captured Elephant at Telupid died from dehydration due to tongue wound
By Augustine Tuuga, 9th December 2017;

A male Elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) aged 6-7 years died while undergoing treatment at the Borneo Wildlife Sanctuary, Kinabatangan on the morning of December 6, 2017.

The Elephant was captured in Desa Plantation, Ladang Pertama on November 24, 2017 by the Wildlife Department’s Rescue Unit for relocation and treatment because it showed signs of injury on its left front leg and was aggressive towards estate workers and villagers.

Reports of its appearance at Desa Plantation first surfaced on November 5, 2017. Wildlife personnel were sent to manage the situation because it was reported that the Elephant was charging estate workers that came across its paths.

The same Elephant was also reported to have caused panic among people in the nearby villages and estates in Telupid for its aggressive behaviour by charging people it encountered along its path.

After tracking the Elephant for some time, wildlife personnel finally encountered it at Desa Plantation on November 24, 2017, where it was successfully captured.

The Elephant was then taken to Borneo Elephant Sanctuary for treatment.

While undergoing medical examination and treatment, its tongue was found to have a serious wound which was believed to have been caused by gunshot.

The wound on the tongue caused the Elephant to be unable to eat or drink.

The Elephant was found dead on the morning of December 6, 2017 despite efforts by veterinary officers to treat the wounds.

A post mortem to determine the cause of death was conducted on the same day.

During the post mortem procedure, a slug bullet was found lodged in the injured front left leg. There were also signs of other gunshots on the body, but they did not penetrate or cause any internal organ injury.

The cause of death is believed to be due to dehydration because the Elephant was unable to drink due to the injury to its tongue.

While the Wildlife Department fully understand the problem faced by the people associated with Elephant in their environment, it really appreciates cooperation from all concerned by contacting its nearest office for assistance to mitigate disturbance and property loss.

The Wildlife Department meanwhile investigates the case as it involved the death of a totally protected species.

Source: BorneoToday

This bull Elephant was found wounded at an estate in Telupid last week. Despite efforts to save it, the pachyderm succumbed to its gunshot wounds. – Photos were posted on Facebook, which have since been taken down by the account holder.

Malaysia: Wounded Bornean Elephant dies after being shot in Telupid
7th December 2017;

Yet another of Sabah’s famed but dwindling numbers of the Bornean Elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) has been killed.

The 10-year-old bull Elephant is believed to have succumbed to its injuries on Wednesday despite the valiant efforts by the Sabah Wildlife Department to save it, a week after it was shot by unidentified persons in Telupid.

However, officials were tight-lipped when asked to comment, and neither did Augustine Tuuga, the SWD director respond to a query by BorneoToday early Thursday afternoon.

This is the eighth reported death of the ‘totally protected’ Bornean Elephant in Sabah within the last 14 months.

Workers at Ladang Duta in Telupid had earlier reported to the SWD of the presence of a ‘sick Elephant’ at the vicinity of their estate, and a team was despatched further investigate

It is believed that the Elephant was probably hunted by poachers and shot at least three times, but managed to escape its attackers and fled to the plantation in the area.

The incident was believed to have taken place some seven to 10 days ago.

Plantation workers who witnessed the rescue operations told BorneoToday they were informed that the wounded jumbo was being taken to the Borneo Elephant Sanctuary at Bilit for further treatment.

BorneoToday was made to understand that the cause of death of the elephant was severe complication from the gunshot wounds in its mouth that prevented the Elephant from eating anything.

A Facebook user had uploaded photos of the rescue mission – name withheld by BorneoToday – as he had since deleted the photos from his account in the last 12 hours.

The last known death of a Bornean Elephant was around last November 14 when a bull Elephant was found shot dead by suspected poachers at an oil palm estate, about 30 kilometres from Tawau, along Jalan Merotai–Kalabakan.

Source: BorneoToday

One of the more recent cases where a female Banteng was shot by poachers in the vicinity of Maliau Basin last October 2017.
Photo: Danau Girang Field Centre

Malaysia: Estate Manager in Lahad Datu chief suspect in Sabah poaching incident
1st December 2017;

A senior manager of a plantation company based in Lahad Datu is believed to be key suspect of a poaching syndicate operating in the east coast of Sabah.

The man’s latest conquest was the killing of a Banteng (Bos javanicus) in the protected Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Lahad Datu last month, and his dastardly act also proved to be his undoing as he has since been transferred out to Sarawak.

That is not all, as the authorities are looking at legal action against the culprit, said to be from a certain ethnic group that most would not expect to be involved in poaching.

Sam Mannan, the Chief Conservator of Forests, Sabah, said he could not reveal more as the case was still under investigation.

“There will be a prosecution,” was all he said at the Bornean Banteng International Workshop and Conference held here on Thursday.

Mannan did not mince his words when he rebuked the actions of poachers and said it was an “embarrassment” to the people with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

“We had warned them that this was happening. The people in peninsular Malaysia like beef, and there is an emerging market of exotic meat; therefore, these Banteng meat and payau (Sambar) (Rusa unicolor) or local deer, are in demand,” he said.

The poaching of the endangered and totally protected species of wild cattle, also known as as tembadau locally, was ironically carried out during the recent Heart of Borneo (HoB) conference.

It was one of three Banteng poaching cases that were recorded over three days in three different areas – the other two being the Maliau Basin and Sipitang Forest Reserve.

All three cases are unrelated.

According to Mannan, the suspect was identified through photographs with a carcass of the Banteng that he downed with a high powered rifle at Tabin.

“We have focused in on one person, but this one person could lead us to so much more information,” he said, adding the hunters were not local villagers but outsiders who either killed for sport or trade.

According to Mannan, the rising demand for Banteng meat in Peninsular Malaysia is one reason for the high incidence of poaching the Banteng.

He said the initial investigation has led them to believe that the meat was not meant for own consumption but to meet demand for exotic meat in Peninsular Malaysia.

Earlier, Benoit Goossens, the Danau Girang field centre director told the conference there were three Banteng poaching incidents at the three different protected areas here were carried out by poachers carrying sophisticated guns and were wearing proper gear.

He said since an estimated 70 per cent of poaching went unrecorded, this meant that as many as a dozen Banteng may be killed each year.

“With only a population of fewer than 400, this (12) is a massive number. Many herds live in small pockets of isolation and they cannot afford to lose a single individual.

"At that rate of poaching, the species will not survive another 20 years and we will lose it like we lost our Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatraensis,” he said.

The Banteng is the second most endangered animal in Sabah after the Rhinos and the Wildlife Department has classified it as a totally protected animal.

Source: Borneo Today

  1. All that is left of Sabre. Its satellite collar can be seen, indicating he was killed around the 20th of November. The remains were discovered Saturday by DGFC/WRU team.
  2. The bullet wound that killed Sabre. It could only have been fired from a high-powered rifle.
  3. Another elephant that was killed for its ivory a bit more recently, and the headless carcass was dumped some 1,500 metres from where Sabre was found.

Photos: Danau Girang Field Centre

Malaysia: Sabah Wakes Up To Senseless And Brutal Killing Of Jumbos At Segama
1st January 2017;

Sabre, a unique sabre-tusked Elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) roaming the Segama river was among two jumbos mercilessly killed for its ivory.

The remains of the beautiful Sabre, a sabre-toothed Elephant that was rescued from a plantation near Tawau by Wildlife Rescue Unit, was found on New Year’s Eve by the Danau Girang Field Centre and Wildlife Rescue Unit.

His remains and the satellite collar that was fixed by DGFC before being released in Kawag Forest Reserve near Danum, were discovered by DGFC and WRU team Saturday morning.

Sabre was believed to have been killed on or around November 20 based on the satellite information, while the second was killed more recently, based on the decomposition of the carcass.

The remains were found less than 1,500 meters from each other, and within the space of a few weeks.

Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC) Director Dr Benoit Goossens when contacted by BorneoToday said he would be issuing more details later Sunday.

In a Facebook posting on Danau Girang Field Centre site, Goossens was quoted saying:

“DGFC and WRU teams are absolutely devastated. There are no words to express our sadness and anger.

"We hope that the departments in charge will do everything to catch the culprit and that those crimes will not go unpunished.

"Sabah, wake up, we are losing our megafauna… the Rhino is gone, the Banteng is going, the Elephant will be next! Let’s not lose our jewels, the next generation will not forgive us!”

Source: BorneoToday

  1. Dr Nabila Sarkawi showing the eight-inch multi-hooked squid jig that was stuck in the Dolphin’s stomach.
  2. The killer multi-hooked jig.
  3. Dr Nabila and a WRU Ranger conducting the initial post mortem on site.
  4. The squid jig that was deeply embedded in the Dolphin’s stomach, causing it to turn septic and this caused the mammal to starve, weaken and eventually die.

Photos: Sabah Wildlife Department

Malaysia: Hooks damage Dolphin’s stomach, causing septicaemia, starvation
26th December 2016;

An adult male Rough-Toothed Dolphin (Steno bredanensis) that was found washed ashore at Kampung Pintasan, near here on the night of Christmas Eve, had an eight-inch squid jig embedded in its stomach.

The multi-hooked jig caused severe trauma and other complications, said the Sabah Wildlife Department in a statement Monday.

“The Dolphin died of septicaemia and starvation as it could not eat properly or digest its food,” said Dr Sen Nathan, Assistant Director of the Department.

“Our WRU (Wildlife Rescue Unit) team reached the site and brought the carcass to Kota Kinabalu for a post mortem and what we found out was quite sad,” said Dr Sen.

He added it is always sad to see such a beautiful marine wildlife lose its life due to human folly, even if it was indirectly done.

“I would like to also advice the general public that if they do come across these kind of marine mammal beaching in the future, do give SWD a call at 0128019289 or email us at rhinosbh@gmail.com,” he added.

Meanwhile, SWD director, Augustine Tuuga said they were alerted of the discovery of the fresh carcass by Ms Kristy Inus, a New Straits Times journalist.

“She said that there was a Facebook posting about this ill-fated Dolphin beaching at Kampung Pintasan an we immediately dispatched our WRU to investigate and to find out what happened to the Dolphin,” said Tuuga.

“Though it was Christmas Eve, WRU always has a team on standby to attend to these kind of cases,” he added.

Source: BorneoToday