In the north-east of Sabah, the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary (LKWS) is home of rich and relatively dense wildlife populations, amongst which the proboscis monkey, eight species of hornbills, the Asian pygmy elephant and the emblematic orangutan. However the stability of the LKWS's forests is fragile and dangerously threatened by land conversion and the high rate of fragmentation, mostly generated by agriculture (i.e. palm oil industry) and illegal logging.
KINABATANGAN: Malaysian non-governmental organisation (NGO), Friends of the Orangutan (Foto), has raised concern over the environmental impact of Sabah’s development at the North-East of Sabah, the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary (LKWS), and has urged the government to reconsider the move.
In a statement, Foto Director, Upreshpal Singh said, “The Kinabatangan region is already very fragmented and protected species such as the Bornean orangutan and pygmy elephant populations are decreasing; their survival in the area will only be a bigger challenge if such a project was approved.”