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All that remains of the forests in Lower Kinabatangan are tiny tracts too small to offer much protection to the orang utan population. But a proposed management plan offers a glimmer of hope, writes TAN CHENG LI.
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.