Monday, April 16, 2012

Sabah hails funding for endangered species

KOTA KINABALU: Sime Darby, through its foundation, Yayasan Sime Darby has committed RM11.4 million to the Borneo Rhino Sanctuary at the Tabin Forest Reserves in Lahad Datu from 2009 until 2015.

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Masidi Manjun praised Yayasan Sime Darby and said Sabah welcomed funding from corporate bodies for the preservation and rehabilitation of endangered species in the state, specifically the Sumatran rhinoceros. He was speaking at the MSAM 2012 Sime Darby Rhino Walk held at the Likas Sports Complex yesterday.

He commented that such efforts should be commended as not many corporate entities are willing to give such a big commitment to causes which are not related or linked directly to the core of their business.

The project is a collaboration with the Sabah Wildlife Department and Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA) to protect the critically endangered Sumatran rhinoceros.

Based on statistics, only 200 Sumatran rhinoceros are left in the world, out of which 30 are in Sabah and it is declared as one of 12 most endangered animals on earth.

The Sumatran rhinoceros is the world’s smallest rhino species, weighing between 500 to 700 kilograms with the height of 1.2 metres and it has two horns, in contrast to other species of the rhino family.

To some extent, Masidi said, this phenomenon contributes to the uniqueness of Sabah, which is famous for its beautiful natural environment.

Green Sabah says: Hope to see more cooperate bodies willing to fund the preservation and rehabilitation of endangered species in the state! It seems the awareness is getting increase among the people.


John Winchester said...

BORA is a non governmental organisation that is currently assisting the Sabah Wildlife Department in the development of the BRS, a programme of the Sabah Government that kicked off in 2009 to prevent the extinction of rhinos in Sabah through captive breeding.

John Winchester said...

best efforts at protecting the habitat as well as the rhinos.

Anak Sabah said...

Syabas kepada Sime Darby atas sumbangan RM11.4 million untuk melindungi Badak Sumbu.

Anak Sabah said...

Kerajaan dan bukan kerajaan juga memainkan peranan yang penting untuk melindungi haiwan liar kita, diharapkan kita sama-sama menyumbang tenaga dan kewangan untuk menjaga alam sekitar kita.

Sanih Alias said...

Yeah..We hope extinction can be prevented.

Jeff Ambuyat said...

based on World Animal Foundation, by 2025 as many as one fifth of all animal species may be lost, gone forever. in recent times, hundreds of species have become extinct as a result of human activities like habitat destruction by logging, ever-encroaching human settlement, pollution of water, soil, and air, unmanaged fishing that exhausts fish stocks, and illegal hunting to supply the demand for skins, hides, traditional medicines, food, and tourist souvenirs all threatens species' existence.

Extinction is forever. We must act now. Time is running out.

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