Sabah is located on the northern part of the Borneo Island, the third largest island in the world. It has a land mass of 73,619 square kilometres, which is just slightly bigger than the Washington state of USA. Two thirds of Sabah shoreline are surrounded by seas and with its long shoreline, it also comes with many tropical islands, as many as one hundred, which range from the habitable big ones to exotic tiny ones.
Last century a prize winning book called “Land Below the Wind” which was written by celebrated American writer Agnes Keith, has created a lot of interest from the Western world to explore this wonderful mysterious land. Today with avid promotion done by the state government in many developed countries and also via words of mouth, Sabah is fast becoming the popular choice for an ultimate tropical vacation.
The future looks grim and the present looks cloudy, this is the plight of the orangutan. The forests in the world are shrinking rapidly day by day, even in the the last frontier of Borneo. The orangutan is loosing their home land (habitat) to the continuous clearing of the forests to what man called human development. Deforestation due to illegal logging and the continuous land clearing for the oil palm plantations are taking its toll on the orangutan population in the wild. The scientists estimated that there are about 11,000 wild orangutans left in Sabah, this might seems a rather hopeful piece of news. But orangutan has the slowest reproduction cycle in the mammals world, and most of them live a solitary life, their species survivor is really left in our hands. Conservation is the key to that goal.