Sarawak to Protect its Remaining Orangutans
In Borneo, the living area for the Orangutans have declined so much in the last 60 years that the poor animals are declining and they have less food and privacy. Now something is happening to try and help them.
Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) have declined more than 50 percent over the last 60 years, primarily due to deforestation. Of those that remain, most live outside of protected areas. But the tide may be changing for the island’s only apes in one portion of their range. In a video statement released last month,
Adenan Satem, Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, announced that protection of Sarawak’s tropical forests and the orangutans that inhabit them will be prioritized.“I am very concerned about the state of Orangutans and other mammals in Borneo,” Satem said in the statement. “… I am a naturalist by inclination, and I have made some concrete decisions with regard to our natural resources, especially with regard to our fauna.”Satem announced that his government would not allow the establishment of new agricultural plantations, palm pla