KUCHING, 19 NOVEMBER 2019 – SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation (SFC) has recently received donations from Thomians 76/78 to support orangutan conservation in Sarawak through its orangutan adoption programme.
A total of 60 alumni of St. Thomas’s class of 1976 and 1978 adopted Ritchie, the 38 years old ‘Big Boss’ of Semenggoh Wildlife Centre during their reunion dinner. Ritchie was rescued by a journalist by the name of James Ritchie, who is a Thomian alumnus. Apart from that, Jan Stone, who is an Australian adopted a 6 years old female orangutan Ruby. Both contributions were received by CEO Zolkipli Mohamad Aton, who is also a Thomian alumnus.
“I am touched by these gestures and thankful to the Alumni for their love and care that they have for the wildlife,” said CEO in the statement. The alumni will be visiting Semenggoh Wildlife Centre in the near future.
He encouraged members of the public to be part of this noble initiative through orangutan adoption programme. The fund will be used to fund conservation activities and wildlife rehabilitation in the state. Meanwhile, Sarawak Timber Association (STA) will also host Tea Talk on “Orangutan – People of the Forest” by Park Manager of Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, Nor Emel Farnida binti Jaddil on Saturday, November 23, from 9 AM to 11 AM. All are welcome to this free event at Wisma STA. For more information, please contact Semenggoh Wildlife Centre at 082-618325.