Ac­tive mea­sures to im­prove an­i­mal wel­fare at park

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KOTA KINABALU: Lok Kawi Wildlife Park and the Sabah Wildlife De­part­ment have been ac­tively tak­ing steps to im­prove wildlife wel­fare stan­dards for their an­i­mals.

Fol­low­ing dis­cus­sions with APE Malaysia sev­eral months back on im­me­di­ate steps and longterm plans, the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park man­age­ment will be host­ing a team from the As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can Zoos and Aquar­i­ums on Oct 28 and 29.

Eight zookeep­ers, ed­u­ca­tors and a zoo di­rec­tor will join APE Malaysia’s project to sup­port their ef­fort in up­grad­ing en­clo­sures and wel­fare stan­dards for the an­i­mals.

“Since the new man­age­ment started, we have en­gaged with par­ties who have given rec­om­men­da­tions on the right steps to take. APE Malaysia is the first to step in here to work with us on en­rich­ment. It will take sev­eral years to make all the recommended changes but we are pos­i­tive that things can only get bet­ter,” said Wildlife Of­fi­cer in charge of LKWP, Nu­rain Acheh.

Di­rec­tor of Sabah Wildlife De­part­ment, Au­gus­tine Tu­uga, has given a strong di­rec­tive to en­sure that an­i­mal wel­fare is given pri­or­ity. Ac­tion is be­ing taken on rec­om­men­da­tions made dur­ing an ex­ter­nal au­dit done re­cently and up­grad­ing of en­rich­ment is one of them.

The APE Malaysia group will be work­ing on adding a few en­rich­ment items to the orang­utan en­clo­sure by adding climb­ing ropes and new ham­mocks as well as sev­eral en­rich­ment items for orang-utans, sun bears and ele­phants.

“The AZA Orang­utan SSP group that is join­ing us on this knowl­edge sharing trip to learn about Sabah wildlife con­ser­va­tion suc­cesses and chal­lenges will be spend­ing two days in LKWP. We can only do a few things on this short trip but dis­cus­sions are on-go­ing for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a long-term plan on wildlife wel­fare im­prove­ment with the LKWP man­age­ment,” said APE Malaysia Project Di­rec­tor Mazrul Ma­hadzir.

The Min­istry of Tourism, Cul­ture and En­vi­ron­ment has di­rected the Sabah Wildlife De­part­ment to take ur­gent ac­tion on the rec­om­men­da­tions made in the re­port on the find­ings by UKreg­is­tered Wild Wel­fare on the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park.

Its min­is­ter, Datuk Christina Liew, said sev­eral rec­om­men­da­tions were made by Wild Wel­fare which con­ducted its in­de­pen­dent au­dit at the wildlife park re­cently, which in­cluded im­prov­ing the wel­fare of the an­i­mals.

Mazrul

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