Monday, August 21, 2017

WWF to gather vital data on the habitats of orang utan

MIRI: WWF-Malaysia is to carry out a survey on the habitats of orang utan in the northern Sarawak-Kalimantan-Sabah border.

The wildlife organisation, which celebrated International Orang Utan Day 2017 on Saturday, expects the project to help boost the survival rate and population of the primates in Sarawak’s forests.

WWF Malaysia will send its senior field biologist Lukmann Haqeem to the “Heart of Borneo” to compile data on the mammals.

The Heart of Borneo is a virgin jungle area in central Borneo Island shared by Sarawak, Sabah and Kalimantan.

Lukmann is entrusted with the task of gathering vital data on the existing location and population of the orang utan and how they strive in their habitats.

With such data, WWF Malaysia hopes to help the Sarawak government boost the survival rate and increase the primates’ population.

Lukmann told StarMetro that travelling to the the Heart of Borneo would take many weeks.