KUCHING: The combined conservation efforts of Sabah, Sarawak and Indonesian authorities have helped to boost the orang utan population in Borneo.
Sarawak Forestry Corporation chief executive officer Datuk Len Talif Salleh said the three authorities had provided specific habitats for the orang utan, which is a protected species.
He said there were an estimated 2,000 orang utans in Sarawak, most of them found in the totally protected areas of Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary and the Batang Ai National Park.
“Sarawak Forestry is carrying out a survey to determine the number of orang utan in the state,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after opening a seminar to discuss the findings of a scientific expedition at Lanjak Entimau in June last year.
The 160,000ha Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary was constituted primarily to protect the orang utans.
The sanctuary is linked to the Betung Kerimun National Park across the border in Kalimantan, Indonesia, and together, they form a trans-boundary biodiversity conservation area.
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