Malaysian Effort To Save Orang Utan

orang-utanOrang Utan Island (OUI)

A visit to Bukit Merah Orang Utan Island Foundation will be an exotic experience for many as the journey will bring you to a small island located in the Bukit Merah lake in the state of Perak, Malaysia. The island which is originally known as Pulau Panjang is a bout 35 acres in area and 5 acres of it has developed into a research center for these endangered primates.

The development of OUI started in year 1999 and have relocated 3 orang utan from the Malacca zoo and 8 from Sarawak later. Over a period of 10 years, the population of orang utan has increased to 24 and 13 of them was born in the island itself.

Opened in year 2000, this island research center is the first of its kind in the world, the environment is designed to resemble as close as possible to the orang utan’s natural rainforest habitat. Visitors are allowed to view these red-haired residents from enclosed spaces built within a safe distance.

The trip to the island is also very educational as visitors will know more about the crisis faced by the orang utans, and how close to extinction they are to become. Visitors are able to learn all aspects of the orang utan’s existence, including how they behave, eat, breed and socialize, and also how the orang utan are trained to survive in the wild as they will eventually be release back to their natural habitat.

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