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SOS Rhino : In the News : Archived News : April 2001 : Borneo: Ten quizzed over killing of rhino

Borneo: Ten quizzed over killing of rhino

by Catherine Ong
Borneo Bulletin (Global News Wire)
April 20, 2001

KOTA KINABALU - At least 10 people have been questioned over the killing of an endangered female Sumatran rhinoceros in the jungle at Kalabakan, in the Tawau east coast district last month.

The Sabah Wildlife Department's officer in Tawau, Jum Rafiah, said more people would be quizzed. "We are quite certain that more than one person was involved," she said.

The rhinoceros was found beheaded and department officials believe it was killed for its horn.

State Assistant Minister for Tourism Development, Environment, Science and Technology Datuk Karim Bujang said the poachers were out to make quick money by selling parts of the animal.

Tabin Wildlife Sdn Bhd's managing director Datuk Wilfred Lingham yesterday condemned the recent killing of a female sumatran rhino in the Kalabakan forest in Tawau.

"It is a senseless act due to human greed," he said, annoyed. Wilfred, a former Permanent Secretary, expressed the hope that the Wildlife Department will leave no stone unturned in its investigation to flush out the culprits.

He said there are only some 200 sumatran rhinos left in the world today.

'These rhinos are never known to have been able to breed in captivity unlike other animals...several countries including Malaysia had tried to breed them in captivity but none had succeeded.



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