Asia’s only great ape, the orangutan or ‘man of the forest’ is found only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. The Bornean orangutans have been classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List, with approximately 13,000 orangutans left in the wild in Sabah and Sarawak. Consistent conservation efforts by NGOs and related government agencies have ensured that the orangutan population in Malaysia remains stable. However, conservation and awareness efforts will need to continue to safeguard the orangutan populations in the long term.

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