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
'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.