KOTA KINABALU: The merciless killing of a Bornean pygmy is a clear signal for everyone to buck up or Sabah's elephants could be staring at extinction before the decade is over, a conservationist warns. "It's alarming to learn that three pygmy elephants have died in as many weeks," he said when commenting on the deaths of three elephants, including a bull that was mercilessly butchered in the Tongod district. "I hope the Wildlife Department will be able to catch the culprits behind these heinous crime against our iconic gentle giants," Yee said. However, Yee said there was an urgent need for steps to be put in place for an effective wildlife task force to protect all Sabah's wildlife, including the pygmy elephants and other endangered species such as the pangolin and Banteng. Yee said in the previous decade, Sabah had seen the extinction of the rhinoceros which is no longer found in the wild.
Source: The Star January 23, 2021 05:26 UTC