By THE BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KOTA KINABALU: Shocked to hear about the heinous crime of shooting dead a 30-year old bull elephant in Sungai Udin last week by poachers, Madam Sue Sherward has pledged RM10,000 to the reward pool for the information that would lead to the successful capture and prosecution of those responsible.
“I just arrived in Kota Kinabalu two days ago and heard this gruesome news from the Assistant Director of Sabah Wildlife Department, Dr Sen Nathan. He was devastated as he and his team conducted the post mortem and said that in his 25 years of working with wildlife he has never come across and act of cruelty as this,” said Sue.
“As i have made a pledge to the honourable Chief Minister of Sabah when i met him last year, to help him and Sabah in conservation activities her in Sabah, I would like to pledge RM 10,000 into the reward pool.”
The reward now stands at RM30,000 to capture the poachers of Sungai Udin, Tawau.
On Monday the Sabah wildlife department announced an RM10,000 reward to nab the poachers. Later in the day, an anonymous sympathiser doubled the reward amount with another RM10,000.
Sue said she also hoped that more Malaysians can step up and assist in capturing this cruel elephant poachers” said Madam Sue
“I am actually down here on Dr Sen’s request to assist Sabah Wildlife Department in translocating a pair of rehabilitated Orangutans from Sepilok to Tabin. These two orangutans Ceria and Rosa are ready to go and will be monitored during the whole release program.
“It’s sad that Tiger the orangutan that was released last year managed to find its way to a plantation and had to be brought back to Sepilok.
“This shows how challenging the good work that Dr Sen and his team has to endure and manage. we have not given up on Tiger as we are still working out how we can finally release him out into the forest safely,” added Sue
Sue is the Chair person and founder of a UK based NGO- Otangutan Appeal UK (OAUK).
OAUK has been working with Sabah Wildlife department for the pass 20years helping to fund various activities and staffing at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center .
Recently OAUK had pledged RM1Million for SWD’s Wildlife rescue unit which includes the purchase of three new 4WD rescue vehicles for the unit . The vehicle was officially handed over to the unit with the Deputy Chief Minister, Christina Liew witnessing the event a few months ago in Kota Kinabalu