Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sarawak wildlife protection improving

GREATER awareness on conservation and protection of wildlife has resulted in fewer animals being hunted for food.

Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) general manager for protected areas and biodiversity conservation Wilfred Landong said that SFC’s conservation programme had been effective in the state’s vast rural areas.

“We have developed a team of honorary wildlife rangers to assist us in enforcing the law and raising awareness on the importance of protecting and conserving our wildlife,” Landong told reporters after receiving 19 protected animals and eight totally-protected animals from Lai Lee Siew.

Lai, who has caught more than 2,000 snakes and hundreds of other wild animals upon public request, is nicknamed as Snake King of Sibu.

He keeps the caught animals in his house before releasing them into the wild.

Landong said there were more than 800 honorary wildlife rangers who worked closely with SFC in the conservation programme.

Some wildlife offences were reported to SFC by the honorary rangers, he added.

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