From Perhilitan, via e-mail
The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) refers to article entitled, āReckless Perhilitan blunder once againā by Sean Whyte on Sept 13, 2012.
We would like to state that the Sungai Batu Pahat Primate Park has voluntarily ceased its operation due to its inability to comply to the Wildlife Conservation (Operation of Zoo) Regulations 2012 and not as mentioned by the writer in his letter.
In this regard, we would like to highlight that the writer who is the CEO of Nature Alert is only good at making allegations, nothing more. We also would like to inform that the decision to release the stump-tailed macaques to its natural habitat was made due to the following factors :
1) the northern part of Peninsular Malaysia is the natural habitat and range for the endemic stump-tailed macaques,
2) the animals are in healthy condition, without any disease and fit to be released to their natural habitat. All animals were inspected by veterinarian and were micro-chipped before the release,
3) all actions taken are in line with Perhilitanās Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on the Release and Reintroduction of Wildlife,
4) the animals were released in forest well protected by the Forestry Department Its accessibility is only allowed with permit from the State Forestry Department. There is also no human activities within the forest reserve and its vicinity.
5) Forest under State Forest Department is vast enough to contain primate populations.
6) the primates released are being continuously fed until the primates feed on their own. The primates released will also be continuously monitored by Perhilitan, Perlis Veterinary Services Department and Perlis Forestry Department.
At this juncture, we would like to reiterate that the writer is only good at painting bad picture about the Department and chose to ignore its achievements and actions taken by the Department to protect our wildlife.
Nevertheless, this will not dampen our spirit and we will do our best in with the support of our public, NGOs and other stakeholders in our bid to safeguard our wildlife and we also welcome feedbacks, constructive criticisms and suggestions to further improve ways of managing our wildlife and its welfare.