| Orangutan © Lip Kee
| Pygmy Elephant © HUTAN
| Proboscis Monkey © Jamil Sinyor/HUTAN
May 8, 2014: Rainforest Trust, together with its UK partner World Land Trust (WLT), raised $1.7 million to save critical rainforest habitat for the endangered Bornean Orangutan and other wildlife in the Lower Kinabatangan floodplain of Sabah, Borneo.
In collaboration with WLT, Rainforest Trust organized the project with a Malaysian conservation partner based in the Bornean state of Sabah. Sabah is one of the few remaining Orangutan strongholds, and there are thought to be only 1,000 Orangutans remaining in the region.
Rainforest Trust received an incredible outpouring of support from its donors, and from thousands of generous members of the global civic movement Avaaz.
Funds raised for this project will be used to purchase rainforest acres and secure protection of the Keruak Corridor. This critically important strip of rainforest, situated along the north bank of the Kinabatangan River, will link two existing forest reserves. The corridor will enable isolated groups of Orangutans to travel over larger distances and form more viable populations. Many other endangered species will also benefit from this project, including the Pygmy Elephant and Proboscis Monkey.
“The rapid expansion of palm oil plantations in Borneo has resulted in an unprecedented destruction of the island’s unique and rich tropical rainforests, putting the future of the Bornean Orangutan in serious jeopardy. Thanks to the help of Avaaz, Daniel Maltz, and thousands of other donors, this appeal will help ensure the survival of the island’s Orangutan and Pygmy Elephant populations,” said Dr. Paul Salaman, CEO of Rainforest Trust.