KUCHING: A 12-year-old mother orangutan named Tingsaan has given birth to a male baby yesterday at about 10 am at the Matang Wildlife Centre near here.
Sarawak Forestry chief executive officer Wong Ting Chung said the newly-born orangutan baby is in good care of its mother at the centre.
Wong said to date 30 orangutan have been rehabilitated at the Matang Wildlife Centre, of which six were born there.
Meanwhile, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia chief executive officer Tomoyuki Shinnishi, who was at the centre for the handing over of Mitsubishi Triton 4X4 pick-up truck to Sarawak Forestry today, expressed the company’s readiness to adopt the newly born baby orangutan.
Its marketing communication manager Debbie Choong said the matter was conveyed to Wong but the details of the adoption would be discussed further.
She said with the adoption, Mitsubishi is required to contribute RM10,000 annually to Sarawak Forestry for the maintenance cost of the baby orangutan to be named Triton.
Meanwhile Matang Wildlife Centre manager Siali Aban said visitors to the centre was increasing each year, with 38,000 visitors recorded last year, including 90 per cent local visitors (Malaysians).
He said adult local visitors are charged RM18 per entry fee while foreigners are charged RM20.
Besides its role as a wildlife conservation centre, he said the 180,000-ha Matang Wildlife Centre is also a place for recreational and camping activities, workshop and social gathering.
The facilities available here are two units of chalets and a longhouse for visitors who wish to spend their nights at the centre.