Sabah Wakes Up To Senseless And Brutal Killing Of Jumbos At Segama

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All that is left of Sabre. Its satellite collar can be seen, indicating he was killed around the 20th of November. The remains were discovered Saturday by DGFC/WRU team. - Photo credits DGFC
All that is left of Sabre. Its satellite collar can be seen, indicating he was killed around the 20th of November. The remains were discovered Saturday by DGFC/WRU team. – Photo credits DGFC

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.

Sabre, the beautiful and unique sabre-toothed elephant that was rescued from a plantation three months agoand released in the Kawag Forest Reserve later after being fitted with a satellite collar.
Sabre, the beautiful and unique sabre-toothed elephant that was rescued from a plantation three months ago and released in the Kawag Forest Reserve later after being fitted with a satellite collar.

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 bullit wound that killed Sabre/
The bullet wound that killed Sabre. It could only have been fired from a high-powered rifle.

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.

Another elephant that was killed for its ivory a bit more recently, and the headless carcass was dumped some 1,500 metres from where Sabre was found.
Another elephant that was killed for its ivory a bit more recently, and the headless carcass was dumped some 1,500 metres from where Sabre was found.

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!