Orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus) in Sepilok, Sabah
Need to restore degraded forest for orang-utan’s survival
Orang-utan habitat is fragmented in some areas and degraded in many parts of the forest. This is the result of previously unsustainable logging operations before stricter measures were imposed by the State government. There is an urgent need to rehabilitate and restore degraded forests for the orang-utan’s survival so as to increase their range. One of the main areas for this project is North Ulu Segama. Given the poor condition of the forest in this area, there is a need to gather information on the status of orang-utan health and also to look into how to restore the habitat.