Saturday, May 07, 2016

Borneo, Malaysia – The Last Orangutans

Malaysia is a diverse country that tends to surprise travelers. With two separate islands there is more to this Asian country than meets the eye.

Peninsular Malaysia boasts bustling cities, delicious food, and island getaways, with a faster pace of life.

Borneo, the third largest island in the world, is a place all in it’s own.

This island is comprised of Malaysia and Brunei in the north, and Indonesia in the south (referred to as Kalimantan).

When referring to Borneo, it’s a safe assumption to think of the Malaysian part.

With such a species-rich area, Borneo is Asia’s version of the Amazon Rainforest.

From one of the world’s oldest rainforests to one of the richest marine habitats, Borneo has become synonymous with adventure travel.

The world-famous Sepilok Orang-Utan Rehabilitation Centre in the northern province of Sabah welcomes orphaned and injured orangutans for rehabilitation before returning them to their natural forest life.

Established in 1964, this organization has been working for over fifty years to combat the issues facing wild orangutans.

Wild Bornean orangutan populations have declined by more than fifty percent over the past sixty years.

This incredible animal is at risk of extinction from loss of habitat through deforestation, palm oil plantations, illegal hunting, and the illegal pet trade.

Borneo is one of the last homes to the wild orangutans. Sumatra also has an orangutan population, but sadly that population is also in a state of peril.

With limited space on the island, these animals are being forced out of their homes at an alarming rate.

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