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The threats to the survival of wildlife like the orang-utan and sun bear are numerous and difficult to remedy. The pressure from development and habitat destruction are putting these species at risk of extinction.

Each APE Malaysia site has the shared vision of increasing the size and health of these species 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 played by conservation and rehabilitation centers. They play a crucial role in helping to rehabilitate and releasing the animals back to the wild to keep the population healthy. They also educate the public to increase the awareness that will enable them to act positively in helping conservation effort.

At the conservation center , we work in collaboration with their staff and volunteers to explore the use of enrichment in maintaining a full behavioural repertoire in rescued sun bears to prepare them for release back to the wild.

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.


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


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.


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.

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