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Hanging on

Found exclusively on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, orang utans may well be facing extinction in the wild as their habitat continues to shrink, leaving them vulnerable to starvation and poaching. An estimated 13,000 orang utans remain in Sabah today but they may all disappear over the next 20 years unless serious efforts are taken to protect these unique primates.

Blueprints for green Earth

World Parks Congress sets 10-year plan to protect planet Earth, writes ED STODDARD.

Rise in Tibetan antelope population

THE number of endangered Tibetan antelopes has risen by almost 50% in some areas of China over recent years, thanks to national conservation measures.

Portsmouth hold Arsenal, Devils up in second spot

Premiership newcomers Portsmouth proved they can live with the big boys by ending Arsenal's winning start to the season with a 1-1 draw at Highbury.

Sandakan boats held for poaching

Fourteen Malaysians aboard four fishing boats have been arrested by Philippine authorities, a military report said Friday.

New baits to lure bank customers

Black-suited hipsters, hair spiked at rakish angles, await customers. People rea- ding magazines lounge on chairs resembling bent pipe cleaners. A disc jockey spins tunes.

Panty thief caught red-handed

A 21-year-old Thai computer engineer faces up to five years in prison for poaching used women's underwear and selling them through his Internet website, police said yesterday.

‘Orang utan could disappear’

Borneo and Sumatra have lost 91% of its orang utan population over the past 100 years, according to a primatologist, who warns that they would no longer exist in the wild in 20 years if the decline continues.

The last wild frontier

One of the oldest rainforests in the world, Belum straddles northern Perak, stretching up to the Thai border. Largely inaccessible, this last wild frontier in the country is believed to be bristling with flora and fauna, but a recent survey left reseachers puzzled over the low count.

From poacher to protector

The bad guys of the Thai jungles are giving up poaching to become legitimate animal trackers, writes VIJAY JOSHI.