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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Celebrating orang-utans

(Photo source: http://www.worldorangutanevents.org/international-orangutan-day.php)

KUCHING:  The public are invited to attend a coming talk on orang-utan conservation in Sarawak.
The talk will be held at UCSI University Sarawak Campus, Jalan Tun Jugah on 19th August 2014 at 7.30pm.
The Malaysian Nature Society Kuching Branch is organising this public awareness talk in conjunction with International Orang-utan Day with the support from UCSI University Sarawak Campus and Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC).
SFC deputy general manager for Protected areas and Biodiversity Division Oswald Braken Tisen will deliver the talk which will cover the behaviour, biology, distribution and an overview of the great ape.
The speaker is a specialist in protected area management and biodiversity and wildlife management. He holds a masters degree in parks, recreation and tourism management from Lincoln University, New Zealand in 2003, and bachelor degree in forestry from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia in 1984.
Braken has interests in scuba diving, caving, nature walks and fishing and taking part in local community  and development activities.
He is also a member of the Institute Forester Malaysia and Malaysian Nature Society and he has served the society as past Kuching Branch chairman.
Often known as a close cousin to human, orang-utans have 97% of DNA in common with mankind.
There are two different species of orang-utan in the world, Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) and Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii ).
In Borneo, the species is further separated into 3 sub-species Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus (Western Borneo - Sarawak and West Kalimantan), Pongo p. wurmbii (Southern Borneo – South Kalimantan) and Pongo p. morio (Northern Borneo – Sabah and East Kalimantan).

Every year, 19th August is set as International Orang-utan Day which was formerly known and World Orang-utan Day. The celebration aims to encourage the public to take action in protecting and conserving this species and its habitat.

Admission to the talk is free. For information and registration for the talk, email to mnskuching@gmail.com

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