The Sabah Forestry Department recently awarded reforestation contracts to four contractors to restore degraded forest areas in North Ulu Segama, within the Ulu Segama-Malua Forest Reserve in Lahad Datu. According to a statement here Saturday, 800 hectares would be replanted with indigenous tree species and wild fruit trees in the next 12 months to ensure the survival of orang-utans.
The North Ulu Segama area was discovered in 2007 to have a large population of orang-utans.
It is surrounded by oil palm trees and located in a poor secondary logged forest environment, with limited sources of food and shelter.
The department has since acquired funding from the World Wildlife Fund Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) and its international network to carry out reforestation at the North Ulu Segama forest areas.
According to WWF-Malaysia forest restoration manager Joseph Gasis, who is in charge of forest restoration work at North Ulu Segama, without sufficient food source and suitable trees as home, orang-utans would have to travel long distances in search of food.
Source: Daily Express