Controversial palm oil plan may save the orangutan

23 July 2009

An article in New Scientist (22 July, 2009: Issue 2718) reports that October this year will see an unprecedented meeting of Malaysia's palm oil producers, conservationists and local government to figure out how to protect the world's last orangutans.

The article discusses the plan to provide wildlife corridors which will help ensure genetic diversity is maintained and hopefully allow survival of Sabah’s remaining orangutans.  To do this, conservationists will need a commitment from palm oil growers to create corridors within their plantations.

The debate on the benefits of rehabilitation efforts continues. Is it merely welfare or is it a vital part of conservation of the species? Click here to read the full article.