SFC takes proactive steps to protect orangutan from Covid-19 outbreak

The tourism sector in areas under Phase 3 of the NRP will be allowed to operate at limited capacity. File photo for illustration purposes

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KUCHING, Apr 9: Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) is taking proactive measures to protect the orangutan species at Semenggoh Wildlife Center against the Covid-19 pandemic.

“While we are temporarily closed, there is a lot to be done. Feeding, cleaning, and everything in between. This is their home and our priority is making sure they are safe and their needs are met in every way,” SFC said in its Facebook posting.

SFC added that the priority now was to ensure that food supply was adequate and that the species is safe from Covid-19.

A Malayan Tiger in the Bronx Zoo recently became the first animal in the US to have tested positive for the virus, sparking preventive measures globally to limit cross-species infection.

The Malaysia veterinary services department has since come out with a statement that the case of infection from pets to owners is low and that pets cannot be infected naturally. —DayakDaily

SFC staff seen cleaning public areas of Semenggoh Wildlife Center.
Orangutan at Semenggoh Wildlife Center.