Monday, May 23, 2011

Bridging the gap for Orang Utan migration

KINABATANGAN: Several organisations have joined hands with the Sabah Wildlife Department to re-build a rope bridge for Orang Utans, which had collapsed due to severe floods at the Takala River, a tributary of the Kinabatangan.

Department director Dr Laurentius Ambu said artificial bridges at the tributaries along the Kinabatangan, Sabah’s longest river, allowed the Orang Utan to migrate from one patch of forest to another.

Those extending their support to the department were the Danau Girang Field Centre, community-based organisations Hutan and Mescot, Ropeskills Rigging Sdn Bhd and non-governmental organisation (NGO) Borneo Conservation Trust Japan.

“This project is made all the more special by the fact that the Japanese NGO felt the project was important enough to pursue, despite the national difficulties it faces in Japan, following the earthquake and tsunami.

“Veterinarians, scientists and staff from Japanese zoos have joined the team,” Laurentius said in a statement yesterday.

Danau Girang Field Centre director Dr Benoit Goossens said Orang Utans in the Kinabatangan area were becoming isolated as their ability to move around was restricted by rivers and man-made drains.

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