KUALA NERUS: The 40ha National Tiger Conservation Centre (NTCC) in Lanchang, Pahang, is scheduled for completion and will begin operations by the end of the year.
Wildlife Protection and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) director-general Datuk Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim said the RM15 million centre, located near the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, was 90 per cent completed.
“According to plans, tigers in animal-human conflict that are caught will be taken to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre (NWRC) in Sungkai, Perak, first to be treated, before they are transferred to NTCC prior to being returned to their natural habitat,” he said after a public lecture on managing wildlife at University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) here.
Kadir said the department had been monitoring illegal online sales of wildlife, which had resulted in the arrest of 50 individuals since 2013.
“We monitor advertisements on social media, such as Facebook, on the sale of wildlife such as pangolins, owls, wild cats, etc,” he added.-Bernama