April 19, 2001
KUALA LUMPUR - A female Sumatran rhinoceros was found shot and
its head missing in the Kalabakan Forest Reserve in Sabah, about
900 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur, a news report said Wednesday.
There are only about 100 rhinos left in the jungles of Sabah, and
the last poaching incident was some 15 years ago. The rhino, believed
to be 12 years old, also had one of its legs chopped off.
Sabah Wildlife Department deputy director Laurentuus Ambu believed
that the endangered animal was hunted for its horns, believed in
Chinese traditional medicine to have medicinal value including as
"I regret that this has happened," he said. "The
Sumatran rhino population in Sabah is declining each year."