Sarawak to launch mobile app to monitor croc presence, promote crocodile-watching

Datuk Len Talif Salleh (file pic)

By Shikin Louis

KUCHING, Nov 21: Sarawak will develop a mobile application that allows the public to monitor the presence of crocodiles, as well as promote ‘crocodile-watching’.

Deputy Minister for Urban Planning Land Administration and Environment Datuk Len Talif Salleh said the app is currently being developed and is expected to be launched next year.

“Currently, our connectivity is very good so we want to encourage local tourism. We want to develop an app so that everybody can have access to ‘croc watch’.

“The app enables you to identify the safe areas if you want to go for a picnic and which are the dangerous areas that have the presence of crocodiles,” he said at a press conference held at Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex here today.

Len Talif further said that the app would allow users, especially the local folk, to upload information on any sighting of crocodiles in any particular place.

The information would also assist Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) to build a database on the crocodile population in Sarawak.

“Probably later on, we want to do a ‘tagging’ which is another level of research.

“So far, we have not conduct tagging of crocodiles which would help us to understand their movement and behaviour. If we do the tagging, at least we can study the crocodiles’ behaviour,” he added. — DayakDaily