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This one maybe fits TrekNature better, but since I don't have an account there I post this one here. I hope it stays here, as it is more about the world then the monkey itself.

Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre is a well known institution, founded in 1964, to rehabilitate orphan orang utans. The site is 43 sq km of protected land at the edge of Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. Today around 60 to 80 orang utans are living free in the reserve, as well as many other species of monkeys. (We did not get a chance of a good orang utan image, so I post this one instead, with orang utan in the workshop)

You could ask what is the sense in creating a wildlife reserve in the middle of Borneo? Well, go to Sabah and have a look for yourself. Contemporary Sabah has nothing to do with dense jungle territory it once was. Nowadays, Sabah is more like one big palm tree plantation, with plantations covering thousands of sq. kilometres - an area once covered by jungle. There are only several protected areas where the wildlife is still protected and can find home.

This really is devastating. This is the price that we pay for unreasonable politicians that allow for this and greedy businessman that make money this way. This is also the price that we all pay for the absurd need of having the floors of our houses and flats covered with exotic wood.

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