In a effort to help save orangutans, Malaysian authorities are proposing a fund of 200 million ringgit (approx. 59 million US dollars) to rebuild the Ulu Segama-Malua forest in eastern Sabah state on Borneo island. The proposal covers work on 4,000 hectares of logged forests and 1,000 hectares of degraded forests (approx. total 12,355 acres).

It’s an exciting step in conservation efforts given the recent claims that orangutans could become extinct in the next 50 years without intervention.

The proposed plan is anticipated to be ready by late 2007.