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Pangolin statue erected to raise awareness

21 Jan 2020 / 19:28 H.

KOTA KINABALU: The varicoloured Sunda pangolin statue unveiled at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) today doesn’t just raise awareness on pangolin conservation, but recycling as well.

The eye-catching statue made from recycled polycarbonate advertising boards and bottles has been placed at the arrival hall for maximum exposure.

It is a joint initiative by Future Alam Borneo, Malaysia Airport Bhd, Scubazoo TV, the Sabah Wildlife Department, Danau Girang Field Centre and Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre.

Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister, Datuk Christina Liew, said during the launching that it is a continuation of the first programme at the Sandakan Airport in 2018 and will later go to the Tawau Airport.

“This (statue) will generate greater appreciation and understanding of not just the wildlife here, but the cultural diversity, too,” she said.

The pangolin is listed as a totally protected species in Sabah - like the orangutan, sun bear and Borneo pygmy elephant - under the Wildlife Conservation Enactment 1997 and violators face a maximum fine of RM250,000 and jail time of 5 years. - Bernama

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