Orang Utan Bukit Merah # 322 [Explored] Dec 18, 2010
[Explored] Dec 18, 2010
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Orang Utan Bukit Merah
Orang Utan Island is located within the exotic, eco-friendly getaway of Bukit Merah Laketown Resort, a 7,000 acre freshwater lakeside haven in Semanggol, Perak. The Orang Utan Island itself, which was formerly known as Pulau Panjang, comprises a vast 35 acre area, 5 acres of which has been set aside as a research centre for these endangered primates.
It was within the nurturing borders of this island that the Orang Utan Island Research and Development Programme was born in an effort to study, breed, monitor, train and rehabilitate the increasingly endangered orang utan.
The island also serves as a valuable educational tool for reaching out to people who may know nothing about the crisis the orang utans are facing, and how close they are to becoming extinct. Upon their visit to the island, visitors are exposed to all aspects of the orang utan’s existence, including how they behave, eat, breed and socialise, and the dangers they face.
Having started with just 3 orang utans in 1999, the island’s primate population has grown to 23, 12 of which were born on the island itself. The centre’s rehabilitation programme focuses on teaching the orang utans the essential skills they need to survive in the wild, such as foraging for food, nest building, tree climbing and socialising, in anticipation for their eventual release into their natural habitat.
The Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island Foundation is the driving force behind the island’s operations as well as its research centre’s main source of funding. The foundation’s main responsibilities include the setting up and maintenance of the island’s facilities, facilitating sponsorships and donations, organising orang utan infant relocation, displacement support, rehabilitation, and education programmes, in addition to collaborating with universities, government agencies, schools, charitable organisations and non-government organisations.
The foundation aims to:
Support and assist the Government via its agencies in carrying out orang utan research, education, development, conservation, breeding, and rehabilitation programmes, and drawing up protection policies;
Garner the support of individuals, corporations, private organisations, government agencies and societies, universities, schools, and non-government agencies via donations or assistance.
Serve as a comprehensive, national resource centre for information on orang utans, orang utan research, and link to collaborations with other related information centres worldwide.