Published on: Thursday, August 22, 2013
He said while the part of the research at the Danau Girang Field Centre is to protect and sustain the State's wildlife, the Government needs to do more such as increase the awareness and enforcement on rubbish dumping.
Dr Benoit said this after a group of 14 students from St. Bart's College students from Newbury, England collected over a quarter tonne of waste (271kg) flowing through the river, including through the Kinabatangan's major tributaries at Sungai Tekala and Sungai Koyah, here, in just five hours.
This includes 37 bags filled with plastic bottles, polystyrene packaging, petrol jerry cans, glass bottles, aerosol cans, cosmetic products and a tyre.
The group, aged 17 to 18, was on a Biology Field Course visit at the Centre, through the Far Frontiers Expedition, here, from Aug 3 to 9.
"Animals within the sanctuary, which include elephants, crocodiles, primates, birds and many other species, could be injured by such pollution directly or indirectly by the chemicals leaching into the ecosystem," said Dr Benoit, Wednesday.