The Sabah Wildlife Department organized, the Orangutan Awareness Week on the 12th-13th November 2016 at Sepilok, Sandakan, Sabah. There were 600 students from more than 10 schools in Sandakan district participated in this event. There were a lot of activities, held during this two days event including exhibitions, talks and workshops by partners in conservation including BSBCC, WWF, Wildlife Rescue Unit, Borneo Bird Club, Borneo Conservation Trust, HUTAN-KOCP and also representatives from the local tour operators.
The orangutans are now a Critically Endangered species according to the IUCN Redlist of Threatened Species. This event aims to raise awareness among the public about the orangutans that are facing threats from hunting and habitat destructions. Both the orangutans and sun bears share the same habitat and they are a forest dependent species. Through this event, the public awareness on the importance of protecting the environment can be increased and the members of the public were indirectly involved and supporting our conservation work. Thank you to Sabah Wildlife Department for inviting us to participate in this event.