Monday, October 05, 2009

Isolation of Orang-utan population still the major threat for Orang-utans


KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah State government is determined to ensure the continued existence of its iconic orang-utans by enforcing land laws which does not allow clearing of forest along riparian reserves for planting crops such as oil palm.

Riparian reserves are extremely important for linking isolated patches of forest which are home to such unique wildlife such as the orang-utans, the Borneo Pygmy elephants, the sunbear (world’s smallest bear species) and many others.

The resolution from the two day Orang-utan Conservation Colloquium at the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort calls for a minimum of 100 meters for wildlife corridors along riverbanks to be acquired by the Sabah Wildlife Department.

This was reported by a joint press release from the Sabah Wildlife Department, Borneo Conservation Trust and HUTAN yesterday.

The Borneo Conservation Trust is a Sabah State Government mandated NGO established in 2006 that aims to connect fragmented ecosystems of protected areas both for fauna and flora biodiversity conservation in Sabah.

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