Senthilvel K.S.S. Nathan

Senthilvel K.S.S. Nathan
Sabah Wildlife Department's Assisstant Director & WRU's Manager


Dr Senthilvel K.S.S. Nathan (a.k.a. Sen Nathan) graduated from University Putra Malaysia with a Degree in Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M) in 1997. He joined the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) thereafter as the Manager and Veterinarian for the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sandakan.

Presently based in Kota Kinabalu, he has recently been promoted as the SWD’s Assistant Director. He oversees SWD’s various conservation programs such as the Borneo Rhino Sanctuary, the Borneo Elephant Sanctuary, and the Sabah Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU).

He is also a member of the IUCN Asian Rhino Specialist Group. Dr Nathan’s avid love for nature has brought him into the deep jungle of Sabah, successfully leading and coordinating numerous wildlife rescue and translocation operations over the years. In his key role for such activities, he works closely with SWD’s partners in conservation such as the Malaysian Palm Oil Council and the Sime Darby Foundation.

Dr Nathan is currently pursuing his PhD in Conservation Genetics and Management of the Proboscis Monkey (Nasalis larvatus) in Sabah, at Cardiff University, United Kingdom.

Professional Preparation

University Putra Malaysia Veterinary Medicine DVM 1997


Benoit Goossens, Milena Salgado-Lynn, Jefferine J.Rovie-Ryan, Abdul H Hamid, Junaidi Payne, Zainal Z. Zainuddin, Senthilvel K.S.S.Nathan and Laurentius N.Ambu (2013) Genetics and the last stand of the Sumatran rhinoceros Dicerorhinus sumatrensis. Oryx 1:1–‐5

Muehlenbein, LA. Martinez, AA. Lemke, L. Ambu, S. Nathan, S Alsisto, P Andau, and R. Sakong. (2008) Perceived Vaccination Status in Ecotourists and Risks of Anthropozoonoses. EcoHealth 5: 371–‐378.

Muehlenbein, LA. Martinez, AA. Lemke, L. Ambu, S. Nathan, S Alsisto R. Sakong. (2010) Unhealthy travellers present challenges to sustainable primate ecotourism Travel Medicine And Infectious Disease 8:169–‐175

JCM. Sha, H. Bernard, S. Nathan (2008) Status and Conservation of Proboscis Monkeys in Sabah, East Malaysia. Primate Conservation 23: 107–‐120

Othman, N., Fernando, P., Yoganand, K., Ancrenaz, M., Alfred, R.J., Nathan, S., Goossens, B. 2013. Elephant conservation and mitigation of human-elephant conflict in Government of Malaysia-UNDP multiple-use forest landscapes project area in Sabah. Gajah, 39: 19 – 23.