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Management & Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME) 
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MEME aims to track elephant movements, produce scientific information about elephant behaviour, ecology and relationships with people.
MEME also works in collaboration with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (DWNP or PERHILITAN)
YSD has supported MEME since 2011, which will continue until 2019
 
Elephants are irreplaceable in maintaining the cycle of nature. These gentle giants play an integral role in the dispersal of megafaunal-syndrome plants in forest ecosystems.

Elephants need large areas of natural habitat to live and breed. Therefore, the absence of this essential space will disrupt the ecological role of elephants.

Unfortunately, with the rapid loss of forested areas, poaching and human-elephant conflicts, the population of Asian elephants are declining.

WWF has reported that the population of elephants in Malaysia is estimated to be between 38,000 to 51,000.

This is comparatively smaller number of elephants compared to African elephants who proudly stand with more than 600,000 still alive.

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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species – the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species – has listed the Asian elephants as endangered and threatened.

In an effort to conserve and protect the Asian elephants, the Management of Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME), an internationally recognised research project based in Malaysia, aims to track elephant movements, produce scientific information about elephant behaviour, ecology and relationships with people.

MEME also works in collaboration with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia (DWNP or PERHILITAN) towards creating an evidence-based conservation of Malaysia’s elephants.

Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) has supported MEME in their quest to reduce human-elephant conflicts since 2011.

The funding has covered the overall costs of collaring the elephants, purchase of appropriate vehicles for transportation in the forests, various equipment for research and postgraduate tuition fees for students who are helping with the research.

Besides tracking elephant movements, MEME carries out non-invasive stress monitoring on the elephants in order to monitor the effects of human disturbances on stress levels of wild elephants.

Since receiving YSD’s funding, MEME has published and contributed to five scientific papers and conducted over 50 public talks about the conservation of Malaysian elephants to academics, students as well as to the general public.

Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) has extended its support for the MEME project with a RM1.9 million commitment for another three years from Jan 2017 until Dec 2019. 
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24 Apr 2017
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