The world’s wildlife nowadays facing many challenges and the biggest threat to them is habitat loss due to the global rapid development. Among the wildlife species that are getting extinct are elephants, rhinoceros, sharks, tigers, hornbill, proboscis monkey and others. On 20th December 2013 at its 68th Session, the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3rd March as the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to celebrate and raise awareness on the world’s wild animals and plants.
Thus, on 21st April 2016, Sarawak Forest Department had organized World Wildlife Day that was held at Taman Rimba Bukit Lima, Sibu. Theme for this year is “The future of wildlife is in our hands” with a sub-theme “The future of elephants is in our hands”. All the “Big 6” participated in the event together with NGOs bodies; Wildlife Conservation Society and World Wildlife Fund. Guest of Honour for the event was Yang Berhormat Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh, Menteri Muda Di Pejabat Ketua Menteri (Promosi Pendidikan Teknikal) dan Menteri Muda Alam Sekitar, Sarawak. Together with Tn. Hj. Sapuan and Pemanca Datuk Wong Kie Yik, he officiated the ceremony with a symbolic act of releasing birds while witnessed by our General Manager, Tn Hj Abdul Hadi Bin Datuk Abdul Kadir.
Yang Berhormat Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh officiated the ceremony accompanied by Director of Forests, Tn Hj Sapuan Ahmad, Pemanca Datuk Wong Kie Yik, Chairman of Sarawak Timber Association, Tn Hj Abdul Hadi Bin Datuk Abdul Kadir, and General Manager of Harwood Timber Sdn Bhd
Director of Forests, Tn Hj Sapuan Ahmad presenting a frame of carving wooden hornbill to the Guest of Honour as a souvenir.
YB Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh watering the plants witnessed by other distinguished guests.
YB Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh looking at the drone technology while briefed by Pemanca Datuk Wong Kie Yik, Chairman of Sarawak Timber Association