Monday, March 01, 2010

Sabah won’t cull its wildlife

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s wildlife such as the Borneo elephant will never be culled despite the increase in the cases of human-wildlife conflict in the state, said state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.

He said Sabah has sufficient forests to provide adequate habitat for the animals.

He, however, acknowledged that the existing forest habitat for these animals were too fragmented and corridors connecting these areas needed to be planned.

“We have enough forest reserves to accommodate these animals and for them to multiply. It is now a question of allowing them movement between these areas,” he told The Star yesterday amid a warning that human-wildlife conflicts were on the increase.

Masidi said one of the main obstacles to these “wildlife corridors” connecting the fragmented forests was that much of the land needed was now privately-owned and had to be acquired through various private initiatives such as the Borneo Conservation Trust.

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