Friends of the Orangutans Malaysia


on 16 Oct, 16:50

Help free Lasah the elephant in Langkawi

Help free Lasah the elephant in Langkawi

Lasah is a 37 year old wild born elephant who was captured and taken into captivity when he was a baby, separated from his mum and herd, and who has suffered in zoos, tourism and entertainment for over 25 years.

Lasah has been forced to work in a logging camp, lived in zoos including Singapore Zoo, perform in shows including in a popular Malaysian entertainment outlet and used in commercials and the 1999 film Anna and the King.

Eleven years ago, he was sent to the popular Malaysian tourist island, Langkawi and since then has been used by the profit-making Langkawi Elephant Adventures [LEA]. There, Lasah is used for elephant rides and lives all alone, which is devastati for a social animal like elephants. LEA also continues to offer Lasah for other commercial purposes on their website.

In July last year, activists exposed photos of Lasah chained on all four legs behind public eyes during LEA’s closing hours. In March 2017, eight months after the campaign for Lasah started, the Malaysian environment ministry said that Lasah is chained on two feet (when not exploited for tourist money).

Lasah has suffered for too long. This abuse must stop. Click on the link below to know what more you can do to help #FreeLasah.

on 8 Nov, 10:53

World Orangutan Caring Week in Malaysia

World Orangutan Caring Week in Malaysia
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14 Nov - 15 Nov
10:00 - 21:00
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Orangutan Caring Week (OCW) will be celebrated around the world from 8th to 15 November to raise awareness about orangutans in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Join Friends of the Orangutans (Malaysia) on the 14-15th of November to celebrate and learn more about our beloved icon the orangutan. Our booth will be set at our Venue Sponsor shopping mall 1Utama in Kuala Lumpur.

Join us with your friends & family for the Orangutan Caring Week!!

If you’re coming tell us here:

Official OCW website:

on 2 Oct, 15:29

Borneo’s sad sun bears caged for tourists’ entertainment

Borneo’s sad sun bears caged for tourists’ entertainment



‘Trapped in solitary confinement and immensely stressed’: Borneo’s sad sun bears caged for tourists’ entertainment

  • Sun bears being kept in tiny cages at Tawau Hot Springs Recreational Park
  • Lonely bears spend day after day pacing back and forth their metal prisons
  • Dehydrated, they have no water and have drink from a hose from warden
  • Now rescuers want the ‘stressed’ bears moved to a conservation centre

Read more:

Update 03/10/2015

NO ACTION TAKEN (YET) BY THE SABAH WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT. Is the ‘owner’ of these bears above the law?


The Minister ultimately responsible for Sabah’s wildlife law enforcement – or absence of. He gets to choose whether these ILLEGALLY HELD bears are confiscated from their horrifically cruel lives, or, will the ‘owner’ will be permitted to break the law?  The minister  will be held publicly accountable, daily, – until the bears are confiscated and handed over to the nearby sun bear rescue centre. That’s only fair, isn’t it?

Meanwhile, if you don’t want to see cruelty to wild animals, it is best to stay away from Sabah.

on 16 Sep, 17:59

Sabah’s shame

Sabah’s shame

The economy of Sabah, Malaysia, relies heavily on wildlife and yet this is another (only the latest one) example of how Sabah’s government and wildlife department pay lip service to protecting animals in zoos and as well as what’s left in the wild.

Sabah’s shame!

How can a zoo be permitted by the Sabah Wildlife Department to become this bad?

Inside the ‘Zoo from Hell’: A schoolboy kicks a frightened monkey’s tiny metal cage as a crocodile languishes in a concrete pool of its own urine, fed on dead dogs

We have seen a lot of bad zoos in Malaysia, but this one is currently the worst. It wasn’t long ago we also reported on the equally shocking crocodile farm in Sabah.

  • Lok Kawi Zoo remains an embarrassment to Sabah.
  • The Shangri-La Resort is allowed to keep and profit from baby orangutans – a ‘protected’ species.
  • The rhino is going extinct.
  • Turtles are massacred and no one prosecuted.
  • Elephants are poisoned en-masse and – no one was ever prosecuted.
  • etc.

Is there still worse to be revealed? Hmmnn.

Victims of the wildlife trade.

This, in a country that promotes itself as an environmental paradise.

Faced with starving as well as thirsty animals the NGO went and bought food and water to provide them with their first meal and drink in days. The food and water provisions were repeated for a second day. What’s happening to the animals now? Ask Minister Masidi Manjun


Minister Masidi Manjun: You can look the other way, but you can never say you did not know – or have been told countless times about the relentless abuse of wildlife in Sabah, can you?

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