Orangutan Appeal UK Gifts Sepilok Rehab Centre With RM30K X-Ray Developer

Tuuga and Sherwood take a closer look at the Digital X -ray Developer being used‬. It cost an estimated RM30,000.
Tuuga and Sheward take a closer look at the Digital X -ray Developer being used‬. It cost an estimated RM30,000. – Photo credit Sabah Wildlife

SANDAKAN – A United Kingdom-based NGO – Orangutan Appeal UK – has gifted more vital equipment to the critically endangered orang-utan to support orang-utan conservation at the Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre.

Orangutan Appeal UK, the first UK NGO to work alongside Sepilok and Sabah Wildlife Department, recognised the need for an x-ray developer on-site at the Centre.

With dedicated Orangutan Appeal UK founder Susan Sheward on the case, it was not long before a brand-new developer was purchased. When handed over at the centre, the veterinary staff was thrilled with the vital piece of kit.

At Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre in Borneo, x-raying resident and wild orangutans is often essential, said the Sabah Wildlife Department in a statement.

“Injured orangutans rushed to the Centre’s veterinary clinic can be in a critical condition. Until now, the Centre has struggled with no way to process or view the images from their x-ray machine.

“Sepilok veterinary staff had no choice but to make the hurried journey to the human clinic in Sandakan 26km away, each time treatment was needed.”

Now this can be carried out at the centre’s clinic itself. Every orangutan is precious and the need to be able to treat them effectively is crucial.

“We are utmost grateful to the Orangutan Appeal for funding the X-ray Developer to us,” said Augustine Tuuga, Director of Sabah Wildlife Department .

“I am sure with the advent of this modern and state of the art equipment in Sepilok , it would further enhance the diagnostic capability of our vets working there.”

Sue Sherward and the Orangutan Appeal has been assisting Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation since 2001 in terms of funding vehicles that is used for Orangutan rescue as well as buildings and staffing.

This is so far the only British NGO that has been steadfastly working together with SWD in Orangutan Conservation for more than 15 years, according to Dr Sen Nathan, assistant Director of the department.