When you think you have seen the worst! A Malayan Tapir (Tapirus indicus) was killed on the road in Peninsular Malaysia. The next morning a group of men skinned the animal and cut off its snout. In what world are we living in?

Source: Danau Girang Field Centre Facebook

Terrible find: A Sabah Ranger standing beside the decomposed carcass of Liningkung at the Ulu Segama Forest Reserve on Sabah’s east coast
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Malaysia: Yet another endangered Borneo pygmy jumbo found dead in Sabah
14th December 2017;

Another critically endangered Borneo Pygmy Elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) has been found dead even as conservationists call for informants and professional investigators to be engaged to stop the killing.

The Elephant, the ninth slain in the last 14 months, was a healthy 12-year-old bull named Liningkung, that was fitted with a satellite collar 18 months ago.

It was found in the Ulu Segama Forest Reserve on Sabah’s east coast on Tuesday.

Rangers discovered its decomposed carcass with the tusks untouched.

“I believe it was shot by poachers but escaped before eventually dying from its wounds,” Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC) director Benoit Goossens said.

Liningkung’s movements were being monitored by DGFC on a weekly basis, Goossens said, and they alerted Sabah Forestry officials on Dec 11 to say that it had not moved since Dec 3.

A team is in the area to carry out a post-mortem.

"It is another sad day for Elephant conservation. If this goes on, we might be staring at its extinction,” Goossens said.

There are only about 1,500 Elephants left in Sabah’s forests.

This is the third elephant found dead in the same area in the past year.

Goossens said it is vital for a special wildlife enforcement unit to be set up to go after wildlife poachers and traders as suggested by chief conservator of forests Datuk Sam Mannan.

Meanwhile, Marc Acrenaz, scientific director for Sabah-based wildlife research and conservation NGO Hutan, said informers and professional investigators are needed to stop the killing.

“Many years ago, locals killed these animals for food and it was not too serious.

"Now, we see that things have changed and people are poaching for the international trade or killing them because of animal-human conflicts,” he said.

No suspects have been identified in many of these cases, including a recent incident where a bull Elephant was shot in the mouth and died of dehydration because it could not eat or drink.

“The authorities lack people on the ground,” Acrenaz said.

“We need a strong team which can identify the culprits and bring them to justice,” he said, adding that the killings might stop then.

For now, Acrenaz said, there are not enough rangers to cover all the places where animals – especially endangered species like the Pygmy Elephants, Orang Utan (Pongo pygmaeus) and Pangolins (Manis javaica) – roam.

He said the three main reasons for poaching and killing were conflicts between landowners and animals (especially Elephants), poaching of bush meat because of demand by tourists, and the international underground trade in exotic meat and animal parts like ivory and Pangolin scales.

Source: The Star

Another Elephant was found dead in Sabah yesterday, making it the third such death this year.
Photo: Sabah Forestry Department

Malaysia: Cold-blooded killers: Third Elephant turns up dead in Sabah
By Olivia Miwil, 13th December 2017;

Yet another Borneo Elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) was found dead in Sabah yesterday, making it the third such death this year.

The decomposing remains of an Elephant was found by Sabah Forestry personnel at the Kawang Forest Reserve yesterday.

Based on a Facebook post by the Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC), the Elephant, known as Liningkung, was collared by them in May last year.

Due to conflicts with the community, it was translocated from the Telupid area to the Ulu Segama Forest Reserve.

“He lived happily for 18 months before he was most likely shot by poachers.

"The tusks were still on the animal which leads us to assume that he had escaped from his poachers.”

DGFC provided Lininkung’s location to Sabah Forestry officers when the Elephant was stationary.

In the post, they also lauded Sabah Forestry’s annoucement on setting up a special wildlife enforcement unit to go after wildlife poachers and traders.

Source: New Straits Times

The carcass of a decade-old bull Elephant named Liningkung was found with tusks intact yesterday in the protected forests of Sabah
Photos: Danau Girang Field Centre

Malaysia: Pressure mounts to arm Sabah wildlife enforcers after Elephant found shot dead
By Julia Chan, 13th December 2017;

Calls for an elite armed wildlife enforcement team to combat poaching in Sabah has gained traction with the death of another bull Borneo Elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis) believed to have been shot inside a protected area.

Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC) director Benoit Goossens said the decomposed carcass of a 12-year-old collared Elephant named Liningkung was found in the Ulu Segama Forest Reserve, not very far from Kawag Danum Rainforest Lodge and 5km from the Sabah Forestry Department’s office in the area.

“The carcass was found yesterday by forestry officials when I alerted them about my concern of a lack of movement from the GPS tracking device.

"It died on 27 November 2017 if I trust my satellite data,” Goossens told Malay Mail when contacted.

He said that the carcass was found with tusks intact, leading them to believe that the Elephant got away from poachers.

“According to SFD officer who found the carcass, he did not see any bullet wounds on the skull. But it does not mean that the animal has not been shot. The carcass was very advanced with just the skin left. SWD is doing a post-mortem today. We have advised them to bring a metal detector to try and find any slugs left in the remains,” he said.

SFD refers to the Sabah Forestry Department while SWD refers to the Sabah Wildlife Department.

Liningkung was collared and translocated from Telupid area to Ulu Segama Forest Reserve in May 2016, following conflicts with villagers.

He was believed to have been roaming there for 18 months before being most likely shot by poachers.

This is the third Elephant found dead in the area after a special inverted-tusked Sabre (also collared by DGFC) and another bull were found shot and de-tusked last December.

Recently, SFD director Datuk Sam Mannan, who is also chief conservator of forests said there was a need to set up a special wildlife enforcement unit to go after wildlife poachers and traders.

Goossens said that the team was needed urgently now before it was too late for the remaining wildlife in Sabah, many which are facing extinction due to loss of habitat, land fragmentation and illegal hunting.

“It is absolutely vital to have a specialised team to track down these poachers or else we will lose all our charismatic species… Elephants, Bantengs (Bos javanicus), Pangolins (Manis javanica), etc,” he said.

According to Mannan, the team would be on a 24 hour surveillance, be armed and concentrate on intelligence tracking as well as prosecution of offenders.

Source: Malay Mail

  • 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

  1. Carcass of Liningkung
  2. Satellite collar that was set up on Liningkung and that helped finding his carcass
  3. 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.

Source: Danau Girang Field Centre Facebook

Malaysia: Wildlife dept: Poachers may be from outside plantations
3rd January 2017;

Wildlife authorities investigating the killing of two Borneo Pygmy Elephants (Elephas maximus borneensis) over the past week are gathering details about the poachers.

Sabah Wildlife Department director Augustine Tuuga said their rangers had questioned workers of the plantations where the elephant carcasses were recovered.

“We are gathering information about the poachers. We believe they were from outside the plantations,” he said yesterday.

Augustine said the department was working with the police to track down the killers of the Elephants.

“We are hopeful that we will eventually get them,” he added.

Malaysians were shocked by the discoveries of the Elephant carcasses near the Kawag Forest Reserve on Dec 27, and just outside the Ulu Segama Forest Reserve on Dec 31.

The carcass of the first bull was found in the middle of an estate bordering the forest reserve while the second pachyderm with reverse tusks, known to researchers as Sabre, was discovered on New Year’s Eve about 1.5km away.

Sabre had been wearing a satellite collar after he was rescued from a plantation near Tawau and released to the reserve three months ago.

Research organisation Danau Girang Field Centre director Dr Benoit Goossens said satellite data indicated Sabre was killed on Nov 21.

There are an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 Pygmy Elephants in Sabah’s forests.

Source: The Star