Thursday, December 01, 2005

Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort for animal lovers

TUARAN - Encouraged by its success in rehabilitating orang-utans, a resort on Tuesday opened a centre where visitors can learn more about animals.

The Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort's nature interpretation centre has a library, veterinary clinic and nursery, animal food preparation kitchen, nocturnal animal watching area, feeding platforms and several nature trails.

Besides rehabilitating 15 orang-utans, it has been providing shelter to other animals.

Over the last nine years, it has dedicated 25ha to a nature reserve which is home to countless small mammals, over 60 bird species, 30 butterfly species and flora.

The resort started its conservation programme following a Memorandum of Understanding it signed with the Sabah Wildlife Department in 1996.

It is the only private organisation in the State which is allowed to rehabilitate and conserve the animals.

Source: New Straits Times

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