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2010-07-17 06:26:10

An official said Friday that Indonesia will reserve thousands of hectares of forest in Borneo island for about 200 captive orangutans, which will be released in a conservation drive. "A foundation has asked for a permit on about 86,000 hectares of forests in Kutai area in East Kalimantan (Borneo) to be used for orangutan conservation," forestry ministry secretary general Boen Purnama said. Conservationists have been looking for large areas to try and release the apes as vast tracts of...

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2010-04-22 11:20:00

More than 120 new animal species, including a flying frog and a slug that can shoot, have been found in Borneo since 2007, according to a report by the conservation group WWF. The report, which comes as part of the organization's Heart of Borneo project that launched in February 2007, also detailed the discovery of the world's longest indentified stick insect, a bright orange snake described as looking "flame-like" by Associated Press (AP) reporters, a lung-less frog that breathes through its...

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2009-12-21 13:25:00

Conservationists have warned that the world has less than 20 years left to save the orangutan, AFP reported. Experts say the charismatic red ape will become extinct if no action is taken to protect its jungle habitat, as deforestation and the expansion of palm oil plantations have taken a heavy toll in Malaysia and Indonesia, where there are thought to be 50-60,000 orangutans still living in the wild. Tsubouchi Toshinori from the Borneo Conservation Trust said the orangutans' habitat is...

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2009-10-22 13:27:50

Wildlife conservationists say a boom in palm oil -- used extensively for biofuel and processed food like margarine -- has affected the jungles in Borneo, endangering the already declining orangutan populations, AFP reported. Experts believe that among the 50,000 to 60,000 orangutans left in the wild, some 80 percent of them are in Indonesia and the rest in Malaysia's Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak. However, the charismatic red-haired apes will be virtually eliminated in the wild within...

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2009-05-27 07:50:00

Wildlife activists have constructed a bridge that connects treetops in an orangutan refuge on Borneo Island to encourage the endangered mammals to find new partners and thwart inbreeding. The 142 ft suspension bridge was finished in April at the Lower Kinabatangan Sanctuary located in the state of Sabah, the New Straits Times announced. "But this is a temporary measure. In the long run, we must create forest corridors for orangutans and other animals to move about," noted Nobuo Nakanishi from...

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2009-05-18 13:20:00

A national park in Borneo Island, which is home to hundreds of endangered orangutans, has been partially turned into a development zone complete with an airport and brothels, The AFP reported.The Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) said in a statement that almost 600 of the longhaired apes have disappeared from Kutai National Park, East Kalimantan province, over the past seven years of unchecked construction.Hardi Baktiantoro from the Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) told AFP that...

2008-10-10 03:00:24

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 10, 2008) - Kalimantan Gold Corporation Limited (TSX VENTURE:KLG)(AIM:KLG) has completed the acquisition of the remaining 25% interest in its KSK Contract of Work ("KSK COW") that it did not already hold. This follows the recent receipt of approvals from the Indonesian regulatory authorities for the transaction that was initially announced on October 16, 2007. Rahman Connelly, Deputy Chairman and CEO of Kalimantan Gold, commented, "Owning 100%...

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2008-07-17 14:51:54

Efforts underway to save thousands of orchid species from extinction Borneo (Kalimantan) is the third largest island in the world. It is rich with a variety of indigenous orchid species that grow in the forests. Borneo's rain forests are also home to some extremely rare species of orchids, all highly valued for their exotic aromas and aesthetic beauty. It has been estimated that 2500 to 3000 orchid species grow in the forests of Borneo. Borneo's orchids are also endangered, a result of the...

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2008-07-07 08:10:00

Orangutans could soon become the first great ape species to go extinct if urgent action is not taken, according to a new study. Their numbers have declined sharply in Indonesia and Malaysia since 2004. Serge Wich, a scientist at the Great Ape Trust in Iowa, said the change is due to illegal logging and the expansion of palm oil plantations. Wich said the survey found the orangutan population on Indonesia's Sumatra Island dropped almost 14 percent since 2004.  It also found populations...

2008-06-27 00:01:54

By Dr Dionysius Sharma WE had hopes the 9MP Mid-Term Review would spell out more specific strategies and action plans. The review pledges to incorporate environmental issues in a holistic and integrated manner. WWF would like to see rigorous implementation of the Strategic Environmental Assessment framework and greater stakeholder participation in development planning. We are most encouraged to hear that two large conservation initiatives - the Central Forest Spine (CFS) and the Heart...


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