Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Raising funds through orang-utan coin boxes

AN ORANG Utan adoption programme will be extended to students throughout Sarawak to promote awareness on the primate’s conservation and rehabilitation.

In this initiative scheduled to start in August or September this year, Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) will work with the Education Department to distribute orang-utan-shaped coin boxes to schools for students to make donations.

“We hope to extend the programme for the younger generation to be aware of the importance of the orang utan in the jungle,” said SFC managing director Datuk Len Talif Salleh after receiving RM30,000 from Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Salcra) general manager Vasco Sabat in Kuching yesterday.

Salcra is the first agency to be involved in the orang utan adoption programme launched last year.

It donated the RM30,000 to adopt a one-and-a-half year old orang utan and named it Anakku.

Currently, 24 orang utans at the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre and 17 at the the Matang Wildlife Centre have been adopted.

Len said that SFC had collected about RM500,000 for the programme so far and welcomed more contributions in cash or volunteer work.

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