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Wru Bulletin

Orangutan Appeal UK are proud to support the vital work carried out by Sabah Wildlife Department's Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU).

Since its inception in 2010, the WRU have rescued and/or translocated nearly 3,000 animals, including orangutans, elephants, proboscis monkeys, macaques, birds, sun bears, clouded leopards, sea turtles, snakes and crocodiles, as well as many other species.

Currently two members of our local staff are working alongside the WRU assisting with the orphaned Bornean Pygmy elephants at Sepilok and helping to manage the reduction of human-elephant conflict in the region.

Elephant Translocation

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The Wildlife Rescue Unit has been involved in the translocation of a rescued elephant from the conflict area of Berkat Setia Plantation, Beluran. This operation took for about a month and finally the team successfully captured a 7 feet tall male that has been released back in a forest reserve. This operation was posible due to the great assistance of The Forest Trust, IJM plantation and the local community of Kg.Ulu Muanad.

Conflictive Crocodiles Captured

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As usual every year, after the rainy season, the unit receives lots of reports on Human-Crocodile Conflicts, and this year is no exception. WRU has been setting up traps in areas like Likas, Tuara and Papar. Three crocodiles were successfully captured in the areas of Kampung Merabau at Kota Belud, Kampung Anak in Kinarut and Kelly Bay Resort at Tuaran.


Snared Elephant Rescue Attempt

Wru Snared Elephant

WRU lead a rescue operation on a baby elephant which was reported injured due to a snare rope at Taliwas Forest Reserve, Lahad Datu. After the baby elephant was captured, a quick treatment was done by WRU wildlife veterinarian assisted by Sabah Wildlife Department and WWF staff. Unfortunately, the poor baby elephant died due to being in a very weak chronic condition caused by septicaemia.


Marine Turtles

Wru Marine Turtle

WRU team attended three turtle operations. Two of the turtles sadly were found dead; one of them near Kg. Gaya Island and the second one at MamutikIsland. Unfortunately the post mortem results found both turtles in advanced decomposition state, however in one of them the team was able to find plastics and fishing material inside the stomach, being highly likely the cause of its death.
The third turtle was found injured due to boat strike and is currently under ongoing treatment at Gaya Island Resort Marine Centre facilities under WRU veterinarians supervision and care of the Marine Biologist at the centre.


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WRU July 2018 Bulletin