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Myne Resort donates 160 acres for jumbos

Published on: Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Kota Kinabatangan: Myne Resort has set aside several parcels of land, totaling 160 acres, in Kg Bilit in Lower Kinabatangan as an ecological corridor for the Bornean elephant.

Myne Resort managing director, Ouh Mee Lan said it was supportive of the effort undertaken by the Sabah Wildlife Department and the Borneo Conservation Trust (BCT) to enhance the ecological corridor for the Bornean Elephant at the Lower Kinabatangan.

"I hope this will provide protection for the land from any threats, including, encroachment of plantation activities and subsequently improve and secure the ecological connectivity of the Wildlife Sanctuary at the Lower Kinabatangan," he said.

The ecological corridor, which was launched by Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Masidi Manjun on Sept 19, noted the contribution of the resort.

Masidi had expressed his hope that more agencies and stakeholders will keep supporting the initiative for the survival of the Bornean elephants.

He also commended two more firms, namely Syarikat Yu Kwang Development and Proboscis Lodge Bukit Melapi for supporting the Bornean Elephant Conservation Plan.

Meanwhile, BCT's conservation and research head, Raymond Alfred explained that BCT aimed to link all the key habitats for not just the Bornean elephants but also the orangutans in Sabah.

He explained that habitat fragmentation has been identified as one of the key issues that needs to be addressed for the long-term survival of the Bornean elephants and orangutans.

"This critical missing link will ensure the long term survival of wildlife in Sabah, particularly the Bornean elephants and the orangutans," he said.