Female Rogue Elephant Caught; Telupid Folk Can Rest Easier Now

A Wildlife Rescue Unit ranger luring the aggressive female elephant to a trap. – Photos used courtesy of WRU/SWD

By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
TELUPID: The capture of an aggressive female Bornean elephant near here could possibly see the end of a rogue herd terrorising villagers.

The Wildlife Rescue Unit are now aiming to capture two more from this herd to further lessen the threat to the villagers.

WRU rangers with the trapped female elephant.

The affected villages include Kampung Gambaron 1, Kg Gambaron 2, Kg Batu 4, Kg Bintang-Mas, Kg.Bauto, Kg.Telupid, SMK Telupid, IPS, Jabatan Pertanian Telupid, Kg. Gaab, Kg. Lubang batu and Kg Maliau.

DIANA RAMIREZ

“At midnight on the 21st (of February), the WRU team managed to capture the aggressive female who had been chasing the villagers and team,” said Dr Diana Ramirez, the unit’s acting manager.

“Now the elephant is secured and would be translocated” as soon as possible.”

In a Facebook posting, Dr Ramirez said it has been exactly one month since the human–elephant conflict started in the area.

She said Augustine Tuuga, the director of the Sabah Wildlife Department had directed the WRU to capture and translocate them before further damages occurred.

Part of the rogue herd that had been terrorising villagers in Telupid.

According to Dr Ramirez, the WRU has been in the area 24/7 taking care of the villagers and the elephants.

“The team identified two – three individuals behaving aggressively towards the villagers and rangers,” she said.

Some of the damaged crops of the Telupid villagers.

“This big group of over 20 elephants – including four calves and two single bulls – are able to divide themselves to search for food, making it harder for the team to control all of the elephants at once.”

However, she said that by the evening of Feb 21st the SWD/WRU team managed to gather a bigger team, including Jibius Dausip the Operation Leader, Dr Pakeeyaraj, the Wildlife Veterinarian as well as assistance from Orangutan Appeal UK, Eco Health Alliance and Belia Gambaron.

This allowed the WRU team to focus on the translocation, while the rest of the support focused on elephant control, avoiding further damages.

The operation has so far cost the WRU in access RM10,000.