The World Land Trust has launched an exiting new appeal to help protect some of the last remaining forests of Borneo – some of the biologically richest regions on earth. One of the most striking creatures in these forests is the Orang-utan – over 600 of which will be protected in the area WLT aims to save from destruction with local project partners the LEAP Conservancy. The initial stage of the project is to purchase a 222 acre (90 ha) corridor which will link together two sections of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. After this first acquisition WLT can move on to save more critically threatened land – but we need to act quickly as the area is destined to be turned into Oil Palm plantation – one of the main threats to the wildlife in the region. As well as Orang-utans the area provides a haven for many other species including Borneo Pygmy Elephant, Proboscis Monkey, Gibbon, Tarsier, Slow Loris, River Otter and possibly Malayan Sun-bears.
Have a look at the gallery section of the site to see some images from the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary.
You can donate directly to the Orang-utan appeal and learn more about what WLT hope to achieve in the area on the main WLT site.