New Rescue Vehicle for Sepilok

In the field of wildlife rescue, having a reliable vehicle that won’t leave you stranded deep in the rainforest is essential. Fifteen years ago the Appeal purchased a Land Rover Defender for Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (SORC) for their essential rescue work. It has been used extensively and has saved countless numbers of not only orangutans but also other wildlife such as sun bears, snakes and even crocodiles! After so many years of active service Sepilok had little choice but to retire the vehicle as it was becoming unreliable and needed to be replaced. It was time for Orangutan Appeal UK to offer their help in providing a replacement to ensure that this vital work continued.

Thanks to the help and generosity of our supporters and The Turney Charitable (Animal Welfare) Trust we have been able to buy a brand new Toyota Hilux for them. Our Founder, Sue Sheward MBE, presented the vehicle to the Director of Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) Mr William Baya at a special ceremony in Sepilok last month, which was officiated by the Assistant Minister for Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Pang Yuk Ming. Also present were the Major of Sandakan, Datuk James Wong and a representative from the Sabah Forestry Department, Fadzil Yahya along with Dr Sen Nathan, Assistant Director of SWD and many prominent local people.

Datuk Pang applauded the work of the Appeal:

We greatly appreciate your gift of the beautiful new rescue vehicle which will enable Sepilok to continue their vital rescue work for all species of Sabah wildlife. Thank you Sue and Orangutan Appeal UK for your loyal support on the conservation work that we do here in Sabah

As the orangutans and the wildlife they share their rainforest home are losing their vital habitat, having a dedicated care team is crucial for their survival. Orangutan Appeal UK will remain committed to supporting SORC in this mission and send a heartfelt thank you to all of our supporters worldwide who have made this possible.


Datuk Pang cuts the ribbon

Datuk James Wong, Datuk Pang, Sue & William Baya

From left to right: Datuk James Wong (Mayor of Sandakan), Datuk Pang Yuk Ming (Assistant Minister for Tourism, Culture and Environment), Sue Sheward MBE (OAUK Chairperson & Founder), Mr William Baya (Director of Sabah Wildlife Department)

Datuk Pang speaking at the ceremony

Datuk Pang – Assistant Minister of Tourism and Culture speaking at the presentation ceremony

Some of the distinguished guests in front of the vehicle


From left to right: Sailun Aris (SORC Manager), Cede Prudent (OAUK Ambassador & conservationist), Dr Sen Nathan (Assistant Director of SWD), Fadzil Yahya (Sabah Forestry Dept.), James Wong (Mayor of Sandakan), Datuk Pang (Assistant Minister), Sue Sheward, William Baya (Director of SWD), Alex Yee (Sabah Tourism Board), Mike Steel (OAUK), Hanna Wong Abdullah (OAUK), Adrienne Powell (OAUK)

OAUK’s Centre Staff: Veterinary Nurse Ibris and Care Coordinator Amoy

Ibris & Amoy - OAUK's Care Staff

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