Wild Life Preservation in Malaysia
As part of the CellMark commitment to the environment and as a way of showing our growing commitment in the Malaysian state of Sarawak (Malaysian side of Borneo) CellMark has adopted an orangutan at the Semenggoh wild life center named Roxanne.
The adoption fee goes toward supporting the center’s work of rehabilitating orangutans that:
- Have been injured
- Orphaned in the wild
- Handicapped by prolonged captivity
The Aim and Mission of the Center
- Releasing gradually the orangutan back to the wild
- To conduct research on wildlife and captive breeding program for endangered species
- To educate visitors and the general public about the importance of conservation
More about the Semenggoh Center
The Semenggoh Wildlife Center was established in 1975 to care for wild animals which have either been found injured in the forest, orphaned, or were previously kept as illegal pets.
The center is situated within the boundaries of the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, approximately 24 km from Kuching.
The Centre has been a resounding success, caring for almost 1,000 endangered mammals, birds and reptiles from dozens of different species. However it is the orangutan rehabilitation program that has made the center famous. In one respect, Semenggoh has been too successful – so many orangutans have been successfully reintroduced into the surrounding forest reserve that the forest’s carrying capacity has been reached, and rehabilitation activities have been transferred to the Matang Wildlife Centre, part of Kubah National Park.
As a result of its success, Semenggoh’s role has changed and it is nowadays a center for the study of orangutan biology and behaviour, as well as a safe and natural haven for dozens of semi-wild orangutan, graduates of the rehabilitation program. It is also home to numerous baby orangutans, born in the wild to rehabilitated mothers, a further testament to the success of the program.
A visit to Semenggoh is a once in a lifetime experience – a chance to see semi-wild orangutan, ranging from tiny infants and boisterous adolescents to dignified mature adults, enjoying life in a secure natural habitat.
In February 2012 the entire Pulp and Energy Group of CellMark visited the sanctuary and got a feel for what the company is trying to accomplish in Sarawak.
CellMark’s Commitment to Renewable Energy
CellMark’s commitment to the environment and surrounding wild life does not stop at the adoption of Roxanne, it goes way beyond that. The construction of a 90,000 tpy mill to produce renewable energy in the form of wood pellets has now been completed, with further scope to expand the capacity to 120,000 tpy.
The raw material used in the pellet making process is the residual from other wood processing plants in the area and the same raw material that is being used to power the mill giving it a very low carbon foot print.
In addition, CellMark is also considering other investment opportunties to produce renewable energy pellets around the region including Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.
CellMark is fully committed to renewable energy as a substitute for fossil fuel as the company moves forwards.