Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sabah's wildlife lures US TV celebrity

Kota Kinabalu: Zoologist and television personality Jack Hanna is here with his film crew to capture Sabah's pygmy elephants, sun bears and orang utan on film to be shown in the Into the Wild television programme in the US to heighten the world's awareness of the animals.

The famed Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, was pleased with the warm welcome he, his wife, daughter and film crew received and would be here for six days.

During the period, they would be going to Sepilok to see orang utan and sun bear conservation.

"Also we will be going to Sukau River to see the pygmy elephants and orang utan as well as the Kinabatangan Orang Utan Conservation project and Labuk Bay Proboscis Sanctuary," he told reporters at Pacific Sutera, Wednesday.

He also would look out for some nocturnal creatures and hoped to shoot two or three 30-minute programmes during their stay.

"Our primary aim is the orang utan, sun bear and pygmy elephants but we hope to see also proboscis monkey, leaf monkey and cobra," he said.

After Sabah, Jack and his crew would be going to Bako National Park outside Kuching and do some filming at the Sarawak Cultural Village.

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