Wildlife Rescue Unit Collaboration

The Sabah Wildlife Department’s Wildlife Rescue Unit (WRU) was established in 2010 in response to the increasing need to rescue and translocate injured or displaced animals in Sabah. It is important that injured wildlife are rescued in order to treat them, so that they can be released back into protected rainforest reserves once recovered, and able to survive in the wild. It is also essential that wildlife that has strayed into towns or farm land, or are trapped in small pockets of forest that is no longer suitable, are relocated to a more suitable habitat.

Since its inception, 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.

Wru Elephant Team

In early 2018 the WRU was called out to a human-elephant conflict in the Telupid area of Sabah, where a large group of elephants were venturing into villages and farm land. The decision was made to translocate the elephants to a location where they would not be a danger to the human population, and could live away from the threat of retaliation from local villagers (read more).




Orangutan Appeal UK is proud to have assisted in this operation and to have helped achieve a positive outcome for the people and elephants involved.


Wru Team


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. By having the two teams work alongside each other has allowed a sharing of years’ worth of knowledge and expertise which is vital for conserving the wildlife of Sabah.



Click on the links to read some of the latest WRU update:

October 2018 WRU Update

August 2018 WRU Update


Supporting the Wildlife Rescue Unit in Sabah is just one of the many ways we help orangutan conservation. If you would like to support this and other projects that we run, you can donate to the charity by visiting our Donations Page. Thank you.