At Borneo Futures, we firmly believe that achieving our vision for Borneo will request better communication and networking between all groups who care about the future of this island. This section intends to give a very brief introduction about the groups, organisations and people who all act for conserving the amazing biodiversity of the island. This list is far from being exhaustive and also we want it to be as comprehensive as possible many more names need to be added. Being listed here is not an endorsement by these organizations.
The only sun bear conservation centre in the world. It was founded in Sabah, Malaysia in 2008 with two aims to provide care and rehabilitation to rescued sun bears and to increase awareness of sun bears internationally.
The Sepilok Orangutan rehabilitation Centre was founded Malaysian Sabah District of North Borneo was founded in 1964, to rehabilitate orphan orangutans. The site is 43 sq km of protected land at the edge of Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. Today around 60 to 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve.
When Sabah became an independent state in Malaysia in 1963, a Game Branch was created in the Forest Department for the conservation of wild animals in the region.
It was established in 1975 to care for wild animals which have either been found injured in the forest, orphaned, or were previously kept as illegal pets. The centre is situated within the boundaries of the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, approximately 24 km from Kuching.
International Animal Rescue (IAR) signed an Memorandum of Understanding in August 2009 with the Forestry Department in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, agreeing on plans for the rescue, rehabilitation and relocation of orangutans that have lost their forest habitat to make way for oil palm plantations. The agreement allows for the purchase of land and the creation of facilities where the rescued orang-utans can be rehabilitated before being released back into protected areas of forest.
Just inland from the south coast of Borneo in Central Kalimantan, it currently offers rehabilitation at several sites along its main river, the Sekonyer. Camp Leakey, a site on the right branch of the Sekonyer River, was the main base for orangutan rehabilitation in Tanjung Puting from 1971 until the early 1990s. Camp Leakey was initially established by Dr. Biruté Galdikas for research on the resident wild orangutan population. Rehabilitation at Camp Leakey began informally in 1971, when Galdikas agreed with local authorities to accept ex-captive orangutans and assist them to return to free forest lives.
Wanariset Orangutan Reintroduction Project is a forestry research station located 38 km from Balikpapan, the Capital of East Kalimantan.The concept is based on introduction of rehabilitated animals into areas where there are no wild orangutan populations but only after a strict period of quarantine. This reduces the risk of any spread of human disease into wild populations and also ensures that the delicate balance between the food supply in a forest and the number of orangutans living there is not disturbed.
The Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals believes that animals, as living creatures, have value beyond economic measurement, and are entitled to legal, moral and ethical consideration and protection. The Sarawak SPCA's mission is to act as an advocate on behalf of animals and as an enforcer of their rights; to provide for the well-being of the animals of the State of Sarawak who are abandoned, injured, subjected to unfair or cruel treatment, or otherwise in need; to cultivate in the people of our community an awareness of the animals whose world we share; to promote a bond of mutual assistance between people and animals; and to instill respect for and appreciation of all living things.
In 2014 COP signed an MoU with Forestry Department in North East Kalimantan to build a rescue & rehabilitation centre in Labanan Research Forest. In May 2014 With Compassion & Soul Inc. agreed to partner with COP in this project. Even though the centre is not quite finished it started operating in April 2015 as 14 orangutans had to be transferred urgently to COP’s care from an illegal facility which was closing. Other orangutans and other animals have also been transferred as COP Borneo continues to expand. Forest School is onsite and a male & separate female university islands planned with an additional island for those unable to be released. COP Borneo’s aim is to have as few orangutans in cages as possible once they have graduated forest school and so these university islands provide a wonderful semi wild forest where daily monitoring and supplementary feeding can occur until COP is certain that each orangutan is ready to be released back to the protected forest areas awaiting them.