Villagers Living in Fear of Elephant Attacks (Kota Tinggi, Malaysia)


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Kampung Mawai villagers are living in fear following attacks by elephants that have been occurring more frequently recently.

Village representative Zamhizul Ariffin Muhyiddin, 34, said the elephants were now more brave, causing concern among the 3,600 villagers living there.

“Previously, elephants used to encroach into our village in March or April as it is their migrating season and our village is located along their path.

“But now, they attack our village very often, leaving behind a massive trail of destruction in our plantations,” he said recently.

Zamhizul Ariffin also said elephant attacks were about once every two weeks now.

“Elephants attack our plantations in the late evening instead of in the wee hours of the morning, and we are very afraid to go out after dark,” he said.

Johor Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) director Jamalun Nasir Ibrahim said the department was in the midst of locating these elephants.

“We have sent out a team to the area to find these animal and help prevent further attacks. Perhilitan has identified two herds, with one comprising 40 elephants while the other has 25 elephants,” he said.

Jamalun Nasir added that the department would catch these elephants and transport them to the Endau Rompin National Park to keep them away from the village.