RM1 million pledge to help conservation efforts

Cm Orangutan Appeal Uk

Orangutan Appeal UK, took Malaysia by storm when we offered RM1 million (£185,000) to fund the work of Sabah Wildlife Department's Wildlife Rescue Unit. Orangutan Appeal UK, has been operating in Sabah for the past 18 years, and has already invested RM11.5 million (£2.5 million) in Sabah's wildlife conservation, in particular the critically endangered orangutans and the Sepilok orangutan rehabilitation centre.

Founder and Chairperson Susan Sheward MBE presented the Chief Minister of Sabah, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, with a cheque for RM1 million, which was reported countrywide in the papers and on national television. This funding is to provide three new vehicles for their Wildlife Rescue Unit.

Dr Sen Nathan Susan Sheward Chief Minister

In the meeting with the Chief Minister, Susan told the minister she was “deeply concerned for not only the Orangutans but also the critically endangered Bornean pygmy elephants which have suffered greatly over the past few months and whose numbers have fallen dramatically.”

Yb Christina Liew Susan Sheward Mbe

Susan also met with the new Minister for Tourism, Culture and the Environment, YB Christina Liew. She explained OAUK were undertaking a leading edge release of a fully grown adult male orangutan from Sepilok orangutan rehabilitation centre into the protected reserve of Tabin which is twice the size of Singapore. The orangutan, whose name is Tiger, will be flown inside the helicopter cabin in a specially constructed stainless steel travelling compartment and will be accompanied by the Assistant Director of Sabah Wildlife Department and Head Vet Dr Sen Nathan. The operation is being fully funded by Orangutan Appeal UK. It was hoped the minister would be able to attend this incredible achievement but due to prior engagements this was not possible.

Both the Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism, Culture and Environment expressed their deep gratitude to Susan and Orangutan Appeal UK for all their help in protecting Sabah’s wildlife.

Below are link to the press coverage in Asia:

Borneo Daily Express

The Star Online

New Straits Times

The Borneo Post