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Pulau Orang Utan, or Orang Utan island, covers 35 acres – five of which is being used for the conservation programme. The island, set in the middle of a scenic lake at the Bukit Merah Laketown Resort in Perak state, has been transformed into a research centre and sanctuary for the endangered primates.
Not everyone is happy though. The critique is probably valid, and while it’s hard to argue against saving Orang Utans from extinction, the problem is that governments do next to nothing to prevent logging, fires and hunting in the first place. That’s the real disgrace.
[This is a report by Reuters’ Sonia Legg on Planet Ark.]