Perhilitan captures, relocates crop-destroying wild elephant (Gua Musang)
The Sun Daily
September 18, 2023
The Wildlife Protection and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) in
Kelantan has captured and relocated an adult male elephant that has been
causing sleepless nights for some 300 residents at the Kampung Subong Land
Rehabilitation Programme (RPT) in Kesedar Sungai Terah here today.
Sungai Terah RPT Wild Elephant Relocation Operations Chief, Mohammad Abu
Huzaifah Abu Samah, 36, said the three-tonne elephant, believed to be part
of a herd of 20 elephants, was captured last Friday.
The wild beast was believed to have attacked a cow in Kampung Awek and
destroyed crops in Kampung Lembaga and the Kesedar Sungai Terah RPT before
He said two elephants, ‘Abot’ and ‘Rambai’, acting as ‘denak’ (tamers),
were brought in from the National Elephant Conservation Centre in Kuala
Gandah, Lanchang, Pahang, to facilitate the relocation process by coaxing
the elephant out.
Given the name ‘Pak Muda Subong’, the wild elephant, aged between 25 and 30
years, will be released at the Tembat Forest Reserve in Terengganu, he
Meanwhile, a resident, Awang Hamad, 60, said he was relieved over
Perhilitan’s swift action in capturing the rogue elephant, which he
believed was the one that destroyed his banana crops.
“I thank Perhilitan for their effort and I hope they will also have
long-term plans to resolve the problem of wild elephants coming into our
settlements,” he said.