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The Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME)

The Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME)

RM 3.36 Million

5 Years (2011 – 2015) 

The MEME programme, which started in 2011, collars certain translocated elephants and assists the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Malaysia in evaluating the effectiveness of the elephant management and conservation strategy. 

Led by Professor Dr. Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz, Associate Professor at the Lab of Tropical Conservation Ecology, School of Geography, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC), a team of researchers and a group of six Orang Asli field assistants have been working towards understanding the ecology and behaviour of Malaysian elephants with the aid of ecology tools such as GPS-satellite tracking devices, camera traps, molecular techniques and conservation drones. 

To date, a total of 26 GPS-satellite collars have been deployed on elephants since the project began. The collected data from 60 camera traps deployed in Kenyir wildlife corridor to investigate differences in species richness show relative abundance of the mammals at access points leading to viaducts and highways. One of the interesting moments captured on camera was when 23 elephants were spotted visiting the salt licks at Sira Gajah, Belum-Temenggor Forest Complex. 

The MEME project was officially launched on May 20, 2012, a year after Yayasan Sime Darby pledged its support of the project for a duration of five years, from 2011 to 2015 for an amount of RM3.36 million. 

Picture Courtesy: The Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME)

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