Abot, Rambai help relocate to wild female elephants (Malaysia)
The Sun Daily
July 25, 2021
The Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia
(Perhilitan) today succeeded in relocating two female wild elephants from
Kampung Kuala Tiga, here, to the National Park in Terengganu.
Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre (PKGK) chief, Che Ku
Mohd Zamzuri Chik Wan Ab Rahman said the process of relocating the wild
elephants, aged five and 15 years old, and each weighing one tonne and two
tonnes, respectively, took eight hours.
He said the two elephants were caught last Friday using tranquilisers after
receiving feedback from villagers.
“The relocation of the elephants was conducted using the aid of two decoy
elephants, namely, Abot and Rambai.
“We have to move the elephants from where they were tranquilised about 1.1
to 1.5 kilometres away with the help of the decoy elephants before putting
them on waiting lorries,” he told reporters after the operation to relocate
the elephants here, today.
A total 36 personnel from Perhilitan in Kelantan and Terengganu and the
Kuala Gandah PKGK were involved in the relocation operation.
Commenting further, Che Ku Mohd Zamzuri said Perhilitan believed the two
elephants were from a herd in Kampung Air Kerilla forest reserve near the
village which came out to seek food.
“We believe there are still more elephants from the herd in the vicinity
and we are monitoring from time to time,” he said.
He also urged the public to be more cautious in the current fruit season
and to refrain from taking action personally if they came across the
Meanwhile, Che Ku Mohd Zamzuri said, from January to date, Perhilitan had
succeeded in relocating 35 wild elephants throughout the peninsula
including eight in Kelantan