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Conservation & Social Objectives

Conservation & Social Objectives

Overview

The threats to the survival of the orang-utan are numerous and difficult to remedy. Orang-utans are also slow to reproduce, making their population slow to recover and putting their species at risk of extinction.

Each APE Malaysia site has the shared vision of increasing the size and health of Bornean orang-utan populations. We also work to improve the lives of the local community including children.

While APE believes it is best to conserve any species in its natural habitat, we also see an important conservation and educational role played by zoos. Breeding programmes with the aim of increasing numbers of orang-utans and preserve genetic diversity is an increasingly important responsibility of good zoos.  They also play a crucial role in educating the public and generating much needed funds for conservation that could well contribute towards rehabilitation and release of orang-utans and other wildlife back to the wild.

At the zoo, we work in collaboration with zoo staff and volunteers to explore the use of enrichment in developing and maintaining a full behavioural repertoire in captive orang-utans as well as sun bears, elephants, big cats etc.

At the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, we plant trees on land allocated by local authorities to us in high priority areas that form part of the habitat of orang-utans, pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, hornbills and more!  These areas need urgent reforestation to ensure the Corridor of Life is maintained for the wildlife of Borneo.

Social

Our planet’s ecological health is intricately connected to human wellbeing.

More than 1.35 billion people, many of whom are living in indigenous communities, inhabit some of the biologically richest and most threatened areas of Earth.

APE believes that our projects will be most successful when we engage with local communities making the most of their knowledge and expertise and recognising them as one of the key stakeholders in any conservation plan.

In all sites, APE works towards addressing people’s needs by helping them to understand and explore their relationship with the natural environment, whilst encouraging responsible consumption and land use and facilitating sustainable alternatives that provide economic benefit to local communities.

We also aim to instil in the younger generations a resurgent appreciation of their environment and a desire to cherish and protect it.

Conservation Objectives

EX-SITU

Melaka Zoo & Night Safari 
To work with the zoos in Malaysia to increase the education of the public as to the issues that influence the survival of Malaysian endangered species, to work with the zoos to improve on knowledge development, enrichment and interpretation of the animals within their care, and establish successful conservation breeding programs for orang-utans and other endangered Malaysian animals.

Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre 
To work with BSBCC to increase the education of the public about sun bears in the stage of rehabilitation and process of releasing them back to the wild, to work with the centre to improve conditions of sun bears in captivity and rehabilitation through creating environmental and food enrichment, and raise awareness on responsible living and travelling among tourists, local community and students.

IN-SITU

Kinabatangan River 
To work with ecotourism partners, NGOs, local communities and local authorities to successfully establish and maintain the reforestation of green corridors along the entire length of the river Kinabatangan, in order to reconnect orang-utan and pygmy elephant populations, maintain genetically viable populations and ensure the sustainable use of the riverine forests for human development.

 

Associate project sites

Matang Wildlife Centre
To work with the local authority, the local communities, NGOs and other stakeholders to re-establish a successful rehabilitation and release program at Matang Wildlife Centre and to develop it into a global centre of excellence. This will be achieved by focusing on aiding the Centre in terms of husbandry, enrichment, infrastructure, rehabilitation and release, as well as knowledge transfer, enhanced interrelationships between relevant partners and sustainable funding streams.

The conservation goal here is to work with our partners towards genetically sustainable orang-utan populations in large, well-protected habitats within Sarawak in order to secure the survival of the species.