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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.
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.