By Lauren Gravitz
BERNAMA THE MALAYSIAN NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY
August 29, 2000
KOTA KINABALU - The World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia (WWF) and
the Wildlife Department are conducting a three-year study on the
living habits of elephants and rhinoceros in Sabah.
WWF Director for Sabah operations Dr Geoffrey Davison said the
study is aimed at creating a data base for the animals.
At the moment, two WWF staff are working on a map of the animals'
movements, he told Bernama today.
" We are also working with the WWF's counterpart at the Kalimantan
border in Indonesia to see if the elephants and rhinos did move
up to there," he said.
So far, there has not been much information on elephants and rhinoceros
except from the Wildlife Department, he said.
Dr Davison said nobody knows exactly how many elephants are there
He said a data compiled 10 years ago showed there are about 50
rhinoceros in the state.
Among the areas covered by the study are Kinabatangan and other
interior parts of Sabah, he added.