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Orangutan Conservation Research in Malaysia

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Featured Speaker: Harjinder Kler

Hutan, a French grassroots non-profit organization, was founded in 1996 to develop and implement innovative and creative solutions to conserve the orangutan populations of Sabah, Malaysia.

Together with the Sabah Wildlife Department, Hutan established the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project (KOCP), employing upwards of 40 local community members. With their research it is now known that orangutans can live and thrive in secondary forest (that has been previously logged or disturbed) rather than solely in primary un-logged or disturbed forest. KOCP has received financial support from the Saint Louis Zoo.

Hutan also works to educate local villages, palm oil plantations and other agencies about the importance of rainforest and its inhabitants. By replanting areas of orangutan habitat they are re-establishing corridors for wildlife to safely travel within in the confines of the Lower Kinabatangan wildlife Sanctuary. In addition, Hutan employs Honorary Wildlife Wardens to patrol and monitor orangutan and elephant populations and aid with human-animal conflicts.

Saint Louis Zoo Living World Auditorium

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Registration not required.

Parking is FREE in ZOO North Lot or in Forest Park.

Conservation Conversations are Co-sponsored by:


Tuesday, March 22, 2011
7:30 PM-9:00 PM
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