Game rangers today used two decoy elephants to relocate one of two wild bull elephants found straying near rubber smallholdings in Hulu Besut after they got separated from a herd a month ago.
They used “Che Mek” and “Kala”, from the Kuala Gandah elephant unit in Lanchang, Pahang, to coax the seven-year-old 1.5-tonne pachyderm from Sungai Tenang where it was caught for relocation at the elephant sanctuary in Sungai
Kemia, Hulu Terengganu.
It took the game rangers, led by Mohd Affendi Ibrahim, head of the conservation division of the Terengganu Department of Wildlife and National Parks, more than two hours from 9 am to complete the task.
Mohd Affendi said the other wild elephant, believed to be 15 years old, would be relocated tomorrow.
The presence of the two wild elephants had kept rubber tappers away from their smallholdings for fear of their safety.