Sarawak Orangutans Found Only In Three Specific Habitats
SIBU, March 28 (Bernama) -- The Sarawak Orang Utan are only found in three specific habitats and not all over the state jungles, Dr.Penguang Manggil, permanent secretary to the Ministry of Environment and Public Health said.
The Orang Utan in Sarawak were only found in the Lantjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary, the Batang Ai National Park and the Sebuyau National Park, he said to correct the misconception that they existed everywhere.
He said the misconception had caused westerners to believe that the animals were adversely affected by economic development, namely the creation of more oil palm plantations statewide.
In addition, the government had placed these animals under its "Totally Protected Animal" whereby offenders could be fined RM30,000 and jailed for two years for hunting them," he told a candlelight news conference here last night after the Earth Hour event here Saturday night.
Penguang said there were an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 Orang Utan living in the three habitats, of which the Lantjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary and the Batang Ai National Park share common borders with the Kalimantan Indonesia.