Hutan news: orangutan bridges

Early September, Nick and Debbi (from Chester Zoo) spent two weeks in Sukau to assist in our efforts to reconnect isolated orangutan populations. Two bridges built using the webbing material from Chester were erected above two tributaries to allow for the animals to cross what had became an impassable barrier following the destruction of large emergent trees. The team was assisted by Ken and Felicity as well as by the field research assistants of the KOCP orang-utan team. A good news is that we received a report of an orang-utan crossing the “hanging bridge” that had been erected two years ago by the Chester team. So the orangutan bridges seem to work pretty well to reconnect some of the populations that are divided by drains or tributaries.

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