Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sarawak agency starts orangutan adoption scheme

KUCHING: The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) has introduced an orangutan adoption programme to raise funds and awareness of its conservation and rehabilitation work.

Launching the programme at SFC’s annual dinner on Friday, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said Sarawak had always been serious about its conservation policies despite coming under attack from some non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

“We started thinking about saving the orangutan 50 years ago. We know it is difficult to rehabilitate the orangutan because it is a sensitive animal.

“So we can do without the smoke screen of misleading issues caused by certain NGOs which claim that the expansion of oil palm plantations is destroying orangutan habitats.

“What they don’t know is that the orangutan are not found throughout Sarawak but only in certain parts which we have designated as protected areas, such as Sebuyau and Lanjak-Entimau,” he said.

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