Cave, orangutan center and animal park will open on April 1


Augustine (third from left) and Mark Louis (second from left) after signing the MoU at the Sabah Wildlife Department office today.

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) today announced the opening of Gua Gomantong, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center and Lokkawi Wildlife Park from April 1.

In another development, the ministry also signed a memorandum of understanding with Animal Projects & Environmental Education Sdn Bhd (APE Malaysia) in Wisma Muis.

The MoU will allow APE Malaysia to continue working with SWD on reforestation projects at the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary (LKWS) and on wildlife protection projects at wildlife centers in Sabah.

The reforestation project aims to reconnect fragmented forest areas to create safe passageways for wildlife like Borneo pygmy elephants and orangutans. The project will plant 30 native tree species in four lots within LKWS over the next five years.

The director of the Sabah Wildlife Department, Augustine Tuuga was present with the deputy director, Jum Rafiah Abd Sukor for the signing. APE Malaysia was represented by its project manager, Mark Louis Benedict and the project manager, Sumira Muis.

Augustine said this collaboration is a good example of private and state partnership working together in conservation efforts.

He added that “by working together in reforestation and wildlife welfare projects, it shows that conservation efforts are not just the responsibility of the state, any party can do their part. share and we all have a responsibility to work together to help save and conserve our environment. . “

“The Covid-19 pandemic brings additional challenges to every side in conservation efforts, so partnerships like this will ensure our wildlife continues to benefit during this difficult time,” Augustine said.

APE Malaysia Project Director Mark Louis Benedict said they were happy to have the opportunity to work with SWD in these projects as we believe it is important to help the wildlife of Sabah both in its wild habitat by planting trees and in wildlife centers through the use of enrichment activities.

APE Malaysia had previously carried out a few enrichment projects at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Center and Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Center, working with the team to improve standards of wildlife welfare and forge friendships between Malaysian and international zookeepers.

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