Sabah delegation to visit Indonesia for talks on rhino breeding

 

KOTA KINABALU: With only one rhino left remaining in captivity, Sabah has engaged Indonesia in efforts to rescue and mate its last surviving but ailing female Sumatran rhino.

In the race against the looming shadow of extinction for Sabah’s rhinos, Deputy Chief Minister cum Sabah Minister of Environment, Culture and Tourism, Datuk Christina Liew will be heading a delegation to Indonesia next month to find ways on starting a breeding programme for rhino Iman.

Iman is the last surviving rhino after the recent death of Tam, the male Sumatran rhino.

Iman is being kept at the Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Lahad Datu and is reportedly ill with massive uterine fibroids.

“We will be fine-tuning the MOU agreements when we meet our counterparts from Indonesia during our visit,” Liew told reporters after the press conference announcing the Sabah Fest Cultural Show yesterday.

Liew also said she has met with Indonesia’s consul-general head in Kota Kinabalu, Krishna Djelani to discuss collaborative conservation programmes.

The discussion, she said, was in line with the implementation of the draft memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Conservation of the Sumantran Rhinoceros.

“We look forward to ensuring this trip will be a successful one, it’s our aim to reach an agreement with our counterparts from Indonesia,” she said. –By Mohd Izham B. Hashim

 
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New Sabah Times