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SOS Rhino : In the News : Archived News : April 2001 : Rare Sumatran rhino killed in Malaysian jungle, head and leg missing
 

Rare Sumatran rhino killed in Malaysian jungle, head and leg missing

 
Agence France Presse
April 19, 2001

KUALA LUMPUR - Poachers have killed an endangered Sumatran rhinoceros--one of only about 30 still left--and cut off its head and a leg apparently for use in traditional medicine, a wildlife officer said Wednesday.

The carcass of the female rhino, believed to be more than 10 years old, was found last month in a forest reserve near Tawau in Sabah state on Borneo island, said Sabah Wildlife Department officer Sumbin Gadas.

It was the first time in 15 years that a rhino was found killed by poachers in Sabah, he told AFP. There are believed to be fewer than 30 Sumatran rhinos left in the Malaysian jungles in Sabah on Borneo island.

"We found gun pellets in the carcass, and its head and a front leg were missing. Traditional medicine practitioners believe that every part of the rhino has medicinal value, especially the horn," he said.

Sumbin said the department has strengthened enforcement and is working with police to track down the culprits.

Under the Wildlife Conservation Enactment, an offender is liable to a mandatory jail sentence of between six months and five years.




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