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The two most prominent species on Borneo, the world’s third largest island, are the orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and the Asian elephant(Elephas maximus), both of which are classified as Endangered and have lost significant habitat to logging and the subsequent conversion of natural forest to oil palm plantations. The only hope for these animals is that remaining forests be included within the national protected area systems of Indonesia and Malaysia – the two principal countries into which Borneo is divided.
In the state of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, the Houston Zoo has partnered with the French non-governmental organization Hutan, the Sabah Wildlife Department, and several other zoological parks here in the United States to support conservation programs in and around the 27,000-hectare Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary. One of these critical projects is Hutan’s Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project (KOCP). This project is run entirely by trained staff from the nearby village of Sukau. Priorities and goals include:
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