Deep in the Borneo jungle, a unique scheme to save man's closest cousin from extinction is achieving unreported successes.
GV Apes in the reserve.
MCU Ape walking leisurely.
MLS Warden towards ape.
CU Ape tilt up to warden.
MS Warden walking with ape (2).
MCU Ape stops walking, picks up fruit & eats it.
MCU Group of apes eating.
MS Warden feeds baby ape & pan to group eating.
CU Group eating (2)
MS Group eating pan to hut.
MCU Baby ape playing of floor (2)
MS Warden walking with two apes pan to another.
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Background: Deep in the Borneo jungle, a unique scheme to save man's closest cousin from extinction is achieving unreported successes. A reserve for the Orangutan-rarest of the great apes-established four fears ago by the Sabah Forestry Department has saved dozens of apes from certain death at the head of peachers.
Protected by the Malaysian Government but treasured by Private animals collectors and chinese gourmets, orangutans dead or alive fetch more than $US1,000 in Hong Kong. In recent years, local Dyak tribesmen have been killing scores of adult apes and stealing their young to sell to stragglers operating along the Sabah coast.
The new reserve-protected by armed guards-takes in the young Orangutans captured from the smugglers by customs' officials. It cares for them until the young apes are ready to return to the jungle. The reserve has also un-covered important new information about the habits of what was a vanishing breed.
Mr. De Silva, the head of the reserve, claims that he and his assistants have for the first time observed the strange mating habits of the orangutan. He says the more known about the orangutan the better they can be given protection.
One thing provided by the reserve is a ready supply of food for the famous "Men of the Forest", which is the literal translation of the Malay phrase "Orang Utan". But the ape's natural friendliness is one of the major problems facing De Silva and his assistants.
Once captured by poachers, the young apes fiercely resist being returned to the jungle. and at the reserve, the Malay forest guards find them reluctant to leave their sides. Having lost their mothers, they quickly identify themselves with their guards and tag on to them. Come nightfall. some guards find themselves forced to share their beds with their adopted friends-or spend the entire night listening to the desperate crying of their deserted charges outside the door.