Forestry Corporation chief says state government will be urged to classify it as 'totally protected' and higher penalties imposed on offenders.
Benoit Goossens says much of Sabah's fauna has been lost to such activities.
Pangolins and turtle eggs are usually targeted by these smugglers.
The Sabah Wildlife Department will seek a new remand order to further investigate the suspects.
The three people were among six detained for being allegedly involved in the brutal killing of a bull pygmy elephant in Kalabakan, near Tawau.
Wildlife Department to rearrest them If police investigations end within remand period, says Tawau district police chief.
Lion bones are prized in Asia for their supposed medicinal values and as jewellery.
The six include an illegal immigrant.
It comes a week after the dead elephant was found tied to a tree on a riverbank near Tawau.
Bounty may go up to RM20,000 but it has not been firmed up yet, says Sabah Wildlife director Augustine Tuuga.
Experts recover egg cell from last of the species at Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Sabah for in-vitro fertilisation attempt.
Minister says the RM35 million aircraft is part of Putrajaya's effort to protect forests and wildlife in the country.
The tigers have died from a viral disease as the have no immune system due to inbreeding.
The number of banteng, known as the wild cattle of Borneo, is less than 500 now.
Top cop Abdul Hamid Bador says it is part of efforts to combat poaching and wildlife trafficking in the country.
A researcher says ecotourism can save the area with farms being left idle as young people migrate to cities.
Benoit Goossens says the project will put an untold amount of pressure on Borneo.
WWF Malaysia's Mark Rayan Dharmaraj also urges Putrajaya to form a national tiger committee with executive powers.
Perhilitan says 2,800 baby red-eared sliders handed over by customs in June were disposed of as they are considered an invasive alien species.
Fisheries official says fishermen have never seen this type of shark before, and it may have wandered from its original habitat.
Wildlife department says the shop owner has a licence to keep a crocodile and several turtles as pets but not for public display.
Wildlife officers also find nine parakeets, one cockatoo and a blue-and-gold macaw at the man's business premises.
Animal control experts sedate the raccoon, calming it enough to pull its head out of the grate.
Two battalions of renowned jungle tracking force to be deployed with power to shoot, says IGP Hamid Bador