Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Sufficient foods for elephants in Segaliud Lokan Forest Reserve

Bornean elephant (example)

A cooperative study which carried out by the Sabah Wildlife Department and a non-governmental organisation at various locations in the state has found a forest reserve in eastern Sabah that could be a suitable place to conserve the Bornean elephants.

The conservation and research programme head of the Borneo Conservation Trust, Raymond Alfred said the Segaliud Lokan Forest Reserve was found to have enough food sources for the animals. Segaliud Lokan Forest Reserve is adjacent to Deramakot Forest Reserve to the west and Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary to the east. According to him, this was due to the positive result from sustainable forest management implemented by the government in the area over the past years. The food sources are estimated sufficient for 290 to 310 elephants at Segaliud Lokan. Alfred added that this could also benefit the orang utans, with the Segaliud Lokan Forest Reserve recording the highest density of the primates in Sabah. Meanwhile, Sabah Wildlife Department director Datuk Dr Laurentius Ambu praised the management of KTS Plantations for taking the serious initiative in wildlife monitoring programme, especially the Bornean Elephant and Orang-utan in Segaliud Lokan Forest Reserve. He said sustainable forest management through restoration efforts as well as reduced impact logging measures would go a long way towards the conservation measures of these creatures.


Anonymous said...

Mega Biodiversity Corridor will allow elephants and orangutan to safely migrate, access food sources and establish crucial genetic links between populations.

Anonymous said...

The elephant population in Kinabatangan (ranging from 290 to 310) is separated from the main population in the central forest of Sabah (including Segaliud Lokan Forest Reserve) by the Sandakan – Lahad Datu main road.

Anonymous said...

Sabah’s forests is home to the Bornean elephants in Borneo. However, years of intense development has led to fragmentation of their forest habitat.

Anonymous said...

The Segaliud Lokan and Pin Supu corridor is a 16,500 ha strip of land and represents a lifeline for at least 300 elephants in Lower Kinabatangan.

Anonymous said...

This area has also been identified as home to Sabah’s other treasured wildlife such as the orangutan, the clouded leopard, the sunbear and the banteng; ranking it high on the broader conservation agenda.

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