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Working together gives orangutans a chance

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CEED Chief Investigator Associate Professor Kerrie Wilson and PhD student Courtney Morgans were invited to attend the recent UNEP Great Ape Survival Partnership (GRASP) South East Asia regional meeting in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

The four Great Apes (chimpanzees, orangutans, gorillas and bonobos), predominately occur in Africa, however two of the 23 range states are located in Asia. Indonesia and Malaysia are home to the only two species of organutan, named after the islands which they live, Sumatra and Borneo.

GRASP’s August event, the first of its kind for South East Asia, gave CEED the opportunity to meet with a diverse range of stakeholders involved in orangutan conservation including representatives from UN agencies, the Malaysian and Indonesian governments, industry bodies, non-government organisations and research institutions.

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