Posted by: wanton me | June 12, 2008

Orang utans debut at the S’pore Flyer

By Hiroshi Limmell, Channel NewsAsia | Posted: 12 June 2008 1719 hrs

SINGAPORE: It was monkey business at the Singapore Flyer on Thursday when two orang utans were lifted 165 metres into the air. This was part of a green effort by the flyer and the Singapore Zoo to highlight the dwindling numbers of the primates in the wild.
12-year-old Chomel and three-year-old Merlin took some time getting used to the mechanical capsule of the Singapore Flyer. Half way through the 30-minute ride, they got a panoramic view of the city jungle.

Steven Yeo, General Manager of Singapore Flyer, said: “When we met with Fanni (Group CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore)….she was telling us about the need for conservation and the support of the orang utans and we thought it was a good idea to support that message.”

Fanni Lai, Group CEO of Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: “It is important when we do city development, (we have) to ensure we continue to conserve and protect our natural habitat.”

Chomel is being groomed to be the zoo’s next ‘green’ ambassador but she has big shoes to fill. She is the fifth granddaughter of the zoo’s renowned ape, Ah Meng, which died earlier this year.

There are now only 7,500 such Sumatran orang utans left in the wild and their numbers are dwindling due to the massive destruction of forests in Sumatra and Borneo.

The Singapore Zoo has pledged over US$20,000 to build housing facilities for the displaced animals.

Other conservation efforts include breeding 34 orang utans, some of which have been sent to wildlife preserves overseas. – CNA/vm
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/353647/1/.html

 

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 Check out the video in the link provided above.:

 

 

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I don’t get it though. Is this supposed to be a publicity stunt? Like just for show only? So people take note of these orang utans? That’s all?

Kinda LAME, but I guess it works.

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