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KOTA KINABALU, Aug 21, 2015:

The birth of Spike, Camelia, Daniel and Doris brings new hope to the orangutan conservation efforts, especially since the species has been categorised as critically endangered.

The four, born at the Tabin Wildlife Reserve in Lahad Datu this year proved the reintroduction programme run by Orangutan Appeal UK had done “something good”.

In a statement, the charity organisation’s chairperson Susan Sheward said it was the first time the programme has seen a 100% birth rate and that gave hope of reviving the dwindling numbers being born into the wild.

“There are just 50,000 left in the wild today — a figure that has dropped from 120,000 in the last 60 years.

“This is an amazing achievement and proves just how incredibly successful our Post Release Monitoring Programme has been,” said Sheward, who was also honoured the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for her efforts to protect endangered primates in Asia.

The 69-year-old received her award at Windsor Castle after returning from her trip to the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Northern Borneo supported by the charity in 2012.

She added that the four babies were important to maintain the orangutan population for future generations.

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