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From S.M. MOHAMED IDRIS, President, Sahabat Alam Malaysia, Penang
Laos#8217; tropical paradise is on the road to ecological disaster, writes DENIS D. GRAY.
Malaysia should use the upcoming seventh Conference of Parties to the Convention of Biodiversity (COP7) meeting as a good opportunity to discuss the issues of species loss and make the conservation of biodiversity top priority instead of adopting reactive approaches.
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.
Reports that the tapir is still relatively abundant in Malaysian forests is good news but will the numbers of this little-studied animal stay that way?