Wildlife Park In Sabah Is Inviting Malaysians To Name Their 3 Bornean Baby Elephants

Let your suggestions be heard!

Cover image via Taman Hidupan Liar Lok Kawi

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Lok Kawi Wildlife Park in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, is giving members of the public the opportunity to name three Borneo elephants that were born at their sanctuary

Formally referred to as the Elephant Naming Campaign, the initiative is being carried out from 10 July to 9 September.

According to a report by Sinar Harian, the curator of Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Maryati Abdullah Lakim, said that the sanctuary has been working with Borneo Behaviour Solution (BBS) to organise this programme, in line with a mother elephant who gave birth to one calf at the end of last year, while two more other baby elephants were born this year.

Currently, the park has one male and two female baby elephants, along with eight adult males and five adult females, as stipulated in a report by New Straits Times (NST).

The public will be able to voice their name suggestions in the comments section of the Facebook post surrounding the campaign.

Malaysians will be able to throw out options for all three calves until 8 August
, with the winning names said to be announced the following week. Winners will receive an undisclosed exclusive prize from the park if their suggestion is chosen.

Official poster for the Elephant Naming Campaign.

Image via Taman Hidupan Liar Lok Kawi "Official Page" (Facebook)

Maryati also stated that the naming campaign was initiated to be in line with World Elephant Day, which falls on 12 August

"Naming these elephants for World Elephant Day is being done to encourage the public to instil a sense of belonging and increase awareness on the importance of protecting wildlife in Sabah. The programme itself is in line with the celebration, as this year's theme is 'Protecting elephant habitats for a safer tomorrow'," said the curator in a statement on Wednesday, 12 July.

Aside from that, authorities of the park are hopeful that through this campaign, the public will continue to support their Facebook platform, as a means for all Malaysians to work together in spreading the message on the value and importance of wildlife animals in other states around the country.

Manager of BBS, Kenneth Maluda, added that his organisation will continue to help the Sabah Wildlife Department and ensure that every programme carried out by Lok Kawi Wildlife Park is successful.

"We truly hope that this campaign receives a favourable response from the public because it is more than just a campaign to name baby elephants," stated Maluda in a report by NST.

The male calf who was born last year on 29 November 2022, described as the most daring and caring of them all.

Image via Taman Hidupan Liar Lok Kawi "Official Page" (Facebook)

Let your voices be heard!

Comment your favourite name suggestions under the Facebook post here.

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