Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Four Orangutans Rescued From Malacca Resort

Four orangutan have been seized from a resort here after the animals were reported to be kept in squalid conditions.

The primates, which included a five-month-old baby, were tranquillised and transported to Malacca Zoo to be quarantined before a decision is reached over whether to release them into the wild or to keep them captive.

A Department of Wildlife and National Parks spokesman said yesterday's morning operation to transfer the orang utan was needed after the management of the resort, which also manages an animal park, failed to comply with Wildlife Conservation Act regulations.

“We gave the management ample notice and reminders but no effort was made to improve the living condition of the primates.”

The spokesman said the enclosure of the orang utan was not built according to the department's specifications.

Furthermore, he said, several non-governmental organizations and animal lovers had pressed for the animals to be rescued.

“The primates were found to have been neglected by the management,” he said.

Four more orangutan at the same resort were expected to be seized tomorrow and sent to Zoo Negara in Selangor, he added.

“There are a total of eight orangutan at the resort and we are seizing all of them,” he said.

Full story here.

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