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Suggestion to relocate animals displaced by land-clearing


Jaswinder Kaur
New Straits Times On Line

KOTA KINABALU, July 7: Plantation companies should work closely with the Sabah Wildlife Department to relocate animals displaced by land-clearing.

Animals trapped in pockets of forests can fall prey to poachers, warned a paper presented at the second Sumatran Rhino Conservation seminar recently.
The paper was prepared by PPB Oil Palms Berhad's Sabah general manager Khoo Eng Min, its manager for the Eco Management Unit Simon Siburat and Sabahmas Plantations Sdn Bhd's senior estate officer (conservation) Simon Geh.

"Human resources and logistical support should be provided to assist the Wildlife Department. It will be more sensible to relocate these animals to a different reserve as a change in environment may help," they said in the paper entitled "The Possible Role of Oil Palm Plantations in Wildlife Conservation." Co-operation between the department and plantations could be enhanced through courtesy calls, educational sessions by wildlife officers for planters and appointing plantation executives as voluntary game wardens.

They also suggested that plantations prohibit their employees and outsiders from hunting in reserves bordering an estate.

"Plantations should also refuse entry of unknown people into their estates and gates should be erected.

"The plantation community should be educated to respect wildlife and cautioned on the implications of all forms of hunting or trapping. A penalty should be imposed against offenders.

"One contribution plantations can offer wildlife is establishing conservation areas within estates." The seminar was jointly organised by US-based SOS Rhino, Universiti Malaysia Sabah's Institute of Tropical Biology and Conservation, Sabah Wildlife Department and World Wide Fund for Nature Sabah.



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