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Oldest captive elephant in Malaysia dies

ANN/THE STAR – Malaysia’s oldest elephant, Lokimala, has died at the age of 86 due to old age.

The female elephant, which died at the Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre (PKGK) in Lanchang, was brought to the country from Assam, India in 1974.

She was involved in many operations to pacify and relocate more than 150 wild male elephants to conservation centres.

Lokimala was said to be friendly, docile and “hardworking”.

PKGK chief Che Ku Mohd Zamzuri Chik Wan Ab Rahman said Lokimala was “attached” with the elephant management and welfare unit.

“Lokimala was brought to this country along with three other elephants; Ganesh, La Bahadul and Paul Bahadul to aid in the relocation of wild elephants. Apart from that Lokimala was also involved in entertainment programmes for visitors to the centre.”

PHOTO: THE STAR
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