A baby elephant was killed by an oncoming vehicle on the Gerik-Jeli Highway which cuts through elephant roaming areas, and this is the latest in a long line of similar cases.
“In the past 100 years, elephants have dwindled down to worrying numbers,” said Lim Teck Wyn, a PhD candidate on Human-Elephant Conflict at the University of Nottingham Malaysia.
“There are no more wild elephants in Selangor and along the coastlines, and this is largely due to loss of habitat, poaching and human conflict.”
Lim will be talking about the conflict between rising development and the conservation of Malaysia’s elephant population in tomorrow’s episode of The Couch, a live-stream programme by The Star’s documentary youth platform, R.AGE.
“The Couch: Is development endangering Malaysia’s elephants” will stream live at 4pm tomorrow on R.AGE’s Facebook page.
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