By THE BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KINABATANGAN – Sabre, a unique sabre-tusked elephant roaming the Segama river was among two jumbos mercilessly killed for its ivory.
The remains of the beautiful Sabre, a sabre-toothed elephant that was rescued from a plantation near Tawau by Wildlife Rescue Unit, was found on New Year’s Eve by the Danau Girang Field Centre and Wildlife Rescue Unit.
His remains and the satellite collar that was fixed by DGFC before being released in Kawag Forest Reserve near Danum, were discovered by DGFC and WRU team Saturday morning.
Sabre was believed to have been killed on or around November 20 based on the satellite information, while the second was killed more recently, based on the decomposition of the carcass.
The remains were found less than 1,500 meters from each other, and within the space of a few weeks.
Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC) Director Dr Benoit Goossens when contacted by BorneoToday said he would be issuing more details later Sunday.
In a Facebook posting on Danau Girang Field Centre site, Goossens was quoted saying:
“DGFC and WRU teams are absolutely devastated. There are no words to express our sadness and anger.
“We hope that the departments in charge will do everything to catch the culprit and that those crimes will not go unpunished.
“Sabah, wake up, we are losing our megafauna… the rhino is gone, the banteng is going, the elephant will be next! Let’s not lose our jewels, the next generation will not forgive us!