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Wru Bulletin

Orangutan Appeal UK are proud to support the vital work carried out by Sabah Wildlife Department's Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU).

Since its inception in 2010, the WRU have rescued and/or translocated nearly 3,000 animals, including orangutans, elephants, proboscis monkeys, macaques, birds, sun bears, clouded leopards, sea turtles, snakes and crocodiles, as well as many other species.

Currently two members of our local staff are working alongside the WRU assisting with the orphaned Bornean Pygmy elephants at Sepilok and helping to manage the reduction of human-elephant conflict in the region.

Human-Macaque Conflict

Wru Macaque

The WRU carried out an operation involving macaques in Sk Gadong this month. WRU received a complaint that a school student from Sk Gadong was injured after being attacked by macaques. As a result, two of the WRU rangers stayed at the school to try and capture the group of macaques using a trap net. The six day operation captured 25 macaques which were later successfully translocated to Kimanis Forest Reserve.

Wildlife Awareness Programme

Wru Awareness Programme

WRU organized a wildlife awareness program at Sacred Heart primary school, Kota Kinabalu. This program was headed by Dr. Sen and the program was aimed to show the students from primary 4 to primary 6 the importance of wildlife awareness and recognizing wildlife species that are fully protected in this state.




Injured Osprey Rescued

Wru Osprey

WRU staff collected an osprey from the Tamparuli area, which presented a wing injury consistent with being wounded by an air gun. The animal was given a full medical checkup and unfortunately it was determined that the damage to the wing was too severe and the decision was made to put the animal to sleep.




Search for injured proboscis monkey

The sighting of an injured proboscis monkey was reported in Kg Kota Klias. WRU rangers arrived to the scene to collect the animal. However, the search was called off after the staff was unable to locate the animal following a two hour search along the Kg Klias river.


Orangutan Translocation

Wru Orangutan Translocation

The translocation operation resulting from the joint effort between WRU and Orangutan Appeal UK who provided all the funding for the translocation along with MPOC who covered other operational costs, saw a male orangutan named Tiger being released back into the wild in the core area of Tabin Wildlife Reserve by helicopter.



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WRU Bulletin - October 2018

WRU Bulletin - August 2018