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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
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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?

on 26 Jul, 23:59

Friends of the Orangutans is recruiting!

Friends of the Orangutans is currently looking to recruit a full time, highly passionate and motivated Malaysian to join us in preserving our national heritage, the orangutan. If you feel strongly towards animal welfare and want to take action, this is a unique opportunity to join one of Malaysia’s most active groups.


  • Develop, coordinate and run campaigns, projects, awareness raising activities
  • Conduct Investigations
  • Write news releases, letters to the media for publishing
  • Communicate with media outlets, conduct interviews
  • Communicate with government agencies, zoos, other NGOs, etc
  • Research, identify and coordinate fundraising activities
  • Carry out tasks to ensure smooth operations of the organization
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the director


  • Fervent passion and beliefs in animal rights and environmental issues is a MUST
  • BRAVE, meticulous and consistent approach to work, and ability to produce quality results
  • Experience in conservation and activism work would be an added advantage.
  • Excellent command of English, both written and spoken
  • Proficient in Bahasa Malaysia, both written and spoken
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to multitask, work independently and meet deadlines, with limited supervision
  • Ability to make sound, independent judgments and decisions
  • Willing to relocate within Malaysia and travel, including outside of Malaysia
  • Willing to work long hours, weekend and public holidays
  • Computer proficient
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organization
  • Applicant must be a Malaysian citizen
  • Full time position only

Interested candidates should email us & include a covering letter together with a copy of your resume when emailing us, and include two (2) contactable referees. Applicant must also explain why you want to be part of Friends of the Orangutans, in covering letter. Our email is

Only short-listed candidates will be notified.

This ad also appeared on the Jobstreet website:

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