X-Ray Gift Boosts Orangutan Conservation

Orangutan Appeal UK has donated more vital equipment to the critically endangered orangutans.

At Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Borneo, x-raying resident and wild orangutans is often essential. Injured orangutans rushed to the Centre’s veterinary clinic can be in a critical condition.

Until now, the Centre has struggled with no way to process or view the images from their x-ray machine. Sepilok’s veterinary staff had no choice but to make the hurried journey to the human clinic in Sandakan 26km away, each time treatment was needed.

Every orangutan is precious and the need to be able to treat them effectively is crucial.

Orangutan Appeal UK, the first UK NGO to work alongside Sepilok, recognised the need for an x-ray developer on-site at the Centre. With dedicated Orangutan Appeal UK founder Susan Sheward MBE on the case; it was not long before a brand-new developer was purchased. Handed over in a special ceremony at the Centre, the veterinary staff were thrilled with the vital piece of kit.

Susan Sheward explained:
“This developer allows the veterinary staff to diagnose the problem in a much shorter space of time, meaning the welfare of the animals is improved. This is so important”

The Director of Sabah Wildlife Department Augustine Tuuga expressed his sincere thanks to Orangutan Appeal UK and said:
“I am sure with the arrival of this modern and state of the art equipment in Sepilok, it would further enhance the diagnostic capability of our vets in Sepilok”

Orangutan Appeal UK’s gift will ensure Sepilok’s vets can continue to play their indispensable role in caring for Borneo’s wildlife, especially the orangutan. Orangutan Appeal UK is proud to work alongside Sabah Wildlife Department and has to date invested over £2 million, to care for and preserve this beautiful but vulnerable species.


Please click on the below links to read the press coverage:

Sabah Today

Borneo Today


Thank very much all our supporters who made this possible and special thanks to Hampton School who fundraised an amazing £3,200 towards the x-ray developer.