12 May 2012
Big family for Kelian the elephant
TAIPING: Flextronics Technology Penang Sdn Bhd has adopted a 22-month-old
elephant, Kelian, under the Taiping Zoo and Night Safari sponsorship adoption programme.
Flextronics Technology Penang Sdn Bhd employees and Kelian the elephant are one big happy family. Pic by M.
The company handed over a RM10,000 cheque to the zoo, which would pay for Kelian's
upkeep for one year.
Taiping Municipal Council president Shahrom Abdul Malik, who received the cheque on
behalf of the zoo, thanked the company for the sponsorship.
Shahrom said the zoo would implement other projects such as recreation, education,
conservation, research and training soon.
"From next month, the zoo will strengthen the sponsorship programme with such
projects and it is hoped that more corporate bodies, institutions and individuals will come forward to offer their
support," he said.
Apart from food, the money will be used for the animal's medical care and health
Shahrom said it costs about RM100 million a year to run a zoo like the Taiping Zoo
and Night Safari.
Last year, the zoo, through the Northern Corridor Economic Region, received RM3
million for four projects -- a new administrative building, ticket counters, an inquiry centre and bulletin
boards."This year, the zoo received RM4 million from the government for
its development projects. With this allocation, four more main component projects will be implemented starting this
"The projects are the improvements of the Perak River elephant enclosure, Savanna
Africa drive-past and the zoo's entrance area, and the building of new toilets," he said. By M. Dattaya