Wednesday January 2, 2013
Segaliud Lokan has enough food for elephants
KOTA KINABALU: A forest reserve in eastern Sabah promises one of the best hopes to conserve the Bornean elephants, a joint study at various locations in the state by the Sabah Wildlife Department and a non-governmental organisation here found.
The Segaliud Lokan forest reserve was found to have sufficient food sources for the animals, said Raymond Alfred, the conservation and research programme head of the Borneo Conservation Trust that was involved in the tracking of the elephants around Sabah.
Alfred said there was sufficient food sources for 290 to 310 elephants at Segaliud Lokan, resulting from sustainable forest management in the area over the past years.
“Wildlife researchers gained valuable insight into the grazing and movement patterns of the elephants, following the collaring of a female pachyderm dubbed Segaliud last February.”
Alfred said their ranging was found to be smaller over a smaller area than the previous Bornean elephant movement studies.
“Such corridors could also benefit the orang utan, with the Segaliud Lokan forest reserve recording the highest density of the primates in Sabah,” Alfred added.
Meanwhile, Sabah Wildlife Department director Datuk Dr Laurentius Ambu said such restoration efforts as well as reduced impact logging measures would go a long way towards the conservation measures of these creatures.