KUCHING, 14 JULY 2018 – Back in March this year, lurking between the lush canopy of the forest of Semenggoh Wildlife Centre (SWC), after days of non-showing, one particular female orangutan finally appeared, this time, with her newborn baby clinging tightly and seen for the very first time. It was greeted with glee as great sense of anticipation turns into a thriumphant showcase of yet another sign of a viable breeding population of semi-wild orangutan at the centre. It was a sight to behold indeed since the last birth at the centre in 2016. When it was reported back then, public at large, shares the delight that Sarawak is doing fine on the conservation front for orangutan. For SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation Sdn. Bhd.(SFCSB), that day on 27th March 2018, etched nicely as another milestone in its conservation efforts of orangutan in Sarawak.
SWC new resident number 30, a male infant of the 16-year-old orangutan named Sadamiah, is now the third generation of orangutan at the centre. Sadamiah now has two offsprings, having had also produced one five years ago. Since its establishment in 1975, SWC has successfully released 11 orangutans thereat and with the new addition, a total of 24 offsprings is now recorded to date.
In sharing this good news and how matters related to wildlife conservation, particularly orangutan, is high on the state agenda, YAB Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg, has even come to the fore recently by naming the infant orangutan ‘Sigat’. The word sigat which is from the Iban language means handsome, smart, beautiful, diligent while never fails to impress, is also largely used by other ethics in Sarawak in such context.
On the perspective of conservation, the term sigat could not be more appropriate to signify the beauty and majesty of orangutan and reflects the success of SWC as a centre for orangutan rehabilitation for these endangered Borneon orangutan. In the bigger scale, it is an impressive testimony of the achievement and continuous success for the state on wildlife conservation front.
The public, on the other hand, can be part of this noble initiative through the orangutan adoption program. It enables ‘adoption’ of specific orangutan for a year by contributing annual amount of RM200 for individual and RM10,000 for corporate bodies or companies. Proceeds from the programme will be used to fund conservation activities and the rehabilitation of wildlife in the state. For adoption, please contact Semenggoh Wildlife Centre at 082-618325 or SFCSB’s Corporate Office at 082-610088.