Creativity in Conservation
APE projects are run on the basis that we can never do enough for the future of endangered animals. Therefore as long as the animals remain on the IUCN Red List, the APE team will soldier on!
We see the projects as a colossal team project spanning countries and generations. The work put in today by Ms Australian Accountant and Mr Malaysian Student will be developed and enhanced by Mr Polish Restaurant Owner and Mr UK Policeman a few months later. Even more will be carried out by Ms Brazilian Manager several years down the road… everything in the interest of improving the environment and lives of the endangered animals through communities.
Due to the scale of the projects, we have broken each down into several programmes and each programme is further divided into many parts. This means that every person participating in an APE programme would be contributing in more ways than one towards the advancement of the programmes!
Working hand-in-hand with our partners, volunteers, participants, local communities and corporations, APE aims to continue taking small, steady incremental steps that give solid results, building upon each other to achieve the bigger aim of rehabilitation and conservation within the scope of our programmes!
APE programmes are naturally focussed around the orang-utans of Malaysia, representing a collection of orang-utan welfare and conservation programmes in Malaysia. Also included in our programmes is a focus on endangered animals of Malaysia including the sun bear, pygmy elephant and sea turtle. Programmes are funded by volunteer contributions and coordinated by our exceptional programme coordinators.
All our programmes aim to see an overall improvement on the welfare of this “Man of the Forest” or other focal species. APE programmes incorporate conservation, enrichment and education programmes that bring awareness about the orang-utans and the environment they live in, the threats they face and their hopes for survival.
Our signature programme, Orangutan Encounters [link to OE28], features the 2 key elements of animal welfare and reforestation. Spanning 2 project sites, one focused on improving animal welfare through enrichment and the other to increase the habitat of the orang-utan along the mesmerising Kinabatangan River, Orangutan Encounters combines the best of each programme for the orang-utans and our participants.
Only a fledgling programme in 2004, APE programmes at Zoo Negara started taking root in 2005, it blossomed into what it is today, with several programmes running concurrently at different project sites. Partners of each project site contribute to and support the development of our APE programmes, making every programme unique within the objectives of the larger APE Malaysia framework.
APE Malaysia programmes are mainly conducted at 2 locations: Melaka Zoo & Night Safari and the Lower Kinabatangan. While student programmes are also conducted at associate sites in the Perhentian Islands, Zoo Negara and Matang Wildlife Centre in Kuching. Each APE project site runs programmes unique to the location within the bigger structure of APE Malaysia’s aim of improving welfare and reforestation for the orang-utans. Each APE programme is developed taking into consideration the requirements of the local community and environment bringing about measurable and quantifiable social, environmental and economic outcomes.