Bangkok, Thailand (PRWEB) April 26, 2007
WD Travel is committed to the protection of the environment and its natural inhabitants.
WD Travel recently started supporting the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in the Sabah region of Malaysian Borneo. Mr. Heiko Wilms, CEO of WD Travel: "We are pleased to announce that WD Travel will donate a portion of hotel bookings for Malaysia from April 1 to September 30 to the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre. We also encourage our customers and readers to make individual donations by visiting the Centre's website."
Mr. Wilms continues: "Funds generated by WD customers are channeled via the the Sepilok Orangutan Appeal UK, with official charity status in the UK and the first and only NGO to be recognized by the Malaysian Government."
Sue Sheward, the Appeal's Chairwoman and Founder comments: "It is really encouraging to have the support of WD Travel - the funds donated will really help with our struggle to save this beautiful endangered ape from extinction."
Orangutans and their natural habitat are being threatened due to deforestation, poaching, illegal pet trading and expanding palm oil plantations. Indonesia and Malaysia were once covered in forest, but 40 years ago the wood became a valuable commodity as timber and the land were perfect for farming and overzealous agriculture, causing a rapid deterioration of the Orangutan's natural habitat. In fact, just ten years ago the estimated Orangutan population was around 27,000, today it could be as low as 15,000. The Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre in the Malaysian Sabah District of North Borneo was founded in 1964, with the purpose of rehabilitating orphan orangutans. The site is 43 sq. kilometers of protected land at the edge of Kabili Sepilok Forest Reserve. Today around 60 to 80 orangutans are living free in the reserve.
For more information on how to support the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre visit WD Travel.
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