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
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
"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,"
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.