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Image Makeover For Sarawak's Fearsome Man-Eater

on 15 Julai 2009.

Image Makeover For Sarawak's Fearsome Man-Eater

KUCHING, July 13 (Bernama) -- The fearsome Sarawakian crocodile is set to undergo an 'image makeover' to endear the man-eating reptile to the public.

The aim is to erase negative perception of the crocodile which is synonymous with horror images of the reptile violently attacking and devouring humans.

Apart from correcting this misconception, it was also for conservation iniatives, said Sarawak Forestry Corporation Sdn Bhd (Sarawak Forestry) managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Len Talif Salleh.

Without disclosing when the study would begin, Len said Sarawak Corporation planned to carry out similar studies with other protected species.

"We will also conduct a study on the proboscis monkey and sun bear," he told reporters after the closing of the Sarawak Dolphin project by state second minister for planning and resources management Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan here today.

The Sarawak Dolphin project which began in May, last year, was a joint collaboration by Sarawak Forestry, Shell Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).

The project covered dolphin population in the nearshore waters along Kuching, Bintulu and Miri.

It has now collected important baseline data on the behaviour of dolphins for conservation needs in Sarawak.

At the same press conference, Awang Tengah said that although the dolpin project officially ended today, it would be continued but based on specific criteria and on a project-by-project basis.

Unimas Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Khairuddin Abdul Hamid said, Unimas was willing to provide academic expertise for those interested in pursuing the study of dolpins in the state.

He said Unimas had conducted research based on three components, namely data collection, capacity-building and raising awarenesses.

-- BERNAMA

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