(Top) Hitesh Mehta (2nd L), director of HM Design, in a gorilla suit poses with Brunei’s Deputy Minister of Industry and Primary Resources Dato Paduka Hj Hamdillah Hj Abdul Wahab (L) and tourism executives. (Above) A file picture of orangutan found in a sanctuary in Balikpapan, Indonesia’s Kalimantan. Pictures: BT/Rudolf Portillo & BT File
“Over 50-60 per cent of the orangutans are not in the protected area, so there are lot of challenges,” Mehta said.
It was in those areas that people carry out palm oil plantations, the burning of forest, and the killings of orangutans for their value in the black market, he added.
“One thing that Brunei could do, just like Kenya, Uganda and a couple of other places had done is that you (Brunei) set up sanctuaries. Special sanctuaries which are very well administered and exclusive for orangutans,” he said.
Because conservation is at the heart of sustainable tourism planning, wildlife corridors between borders must be tackled. This is because animals do not see borders.