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SOS Rhino : In the News: Press Releases : August 29, 2000

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By Lauren Gravitz

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 in Sabah.

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.