WWF-Malaysia's Statement on Confiscation of RM80.5 Million Worth Elephant Tusks and Pangolin Scales in Sepanggar Port, 9 September 2017 | WWF Malaysia

WWF-Malaysia's Statement on Confiscation of RM80.5 Million Worth Elephant Tusks and Pangolin Scales in Sepanggar Port, 9 September 2017



Posted on 09 September 2017
Dato’ Dr Dionysius Sharma, the Executive Director / CEO of WWF-Malaysia.
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WWF-Malaysia would like to congratulate Customs for the recent confiscation of illegal wildlife parts worth RM80.5mil in Sepanggar port, Sabah ("Customs confiscate illegal wildlife parts worth an astounding RM80.5mil", The Star, 9 September 2017).

Initial investigations by Customs showed that the shipment of 148 elephant tusks and five tonnes of pangolin scales originated from Nigeria and were believed to be bound for China. This is a huge crime against wildlife, especially as elephants and pangolins are also currently threatened by habitat loss and low reproductive rate. Each adult female for both species can only produce an offspring at a time and in the case of an elephant, it has the longest pregnancy period of all mammals, which lasts more than a year and a half. Therefore the death of even one member of the species has a major impact on the whole population.

I call upon the state government of Sabah, and federal government agencies to continue collaborating with each other by sharing resources such as manpower and intelligence, to further clamp down on illegal wildlife trade. We at WWF-Malaysia remain committed to fighting wildlife crime by providing technical expertise and sharing information with the government agencies, such as through district anti-poaching task forces in Sabah.

We must show to the world that we mean business when it comes to the survival of wildlife. Therefore let us all work together so that Sabah will no longer be a transit point for illegal wildlife trade. Together, everything is possible.

Dato’ Dr Dionysius Sharma 
Executive Director / CEO, WWF-Malaysia 


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For more information, please contact:
Leona Liman
Senior Communications Officer, Sabah Terrestrial Conservation Programme
Tel: +6 088 262 420 ext 123
Email: lliman@wwf.org.my
Dato’ Dr Dionysius Sharma, the Executive Director / CEO of WWF-Malaysia.
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