Prince swings in for ape crusade
Grenfell Tower was destroyed by fire THE Prince of Wales has touched the hand of an orangutan and spoken of the tragedy of the great ape’s habitat being destroyed.
Charles’ close encounter came in the Borneo rainforest, where he met conservationists to learn about efforts to safeguard the endangered animals. But after handing over a banana to a young adolescent male, a source said the prince felt it was tragic the animals’ habitat had been destroyed so dramatically over the past 20 years and that its survival was in doubt.
It meant many young orangutans were being rescued after being separated or losing their mothers, and then rehabilitated back into the wild. Charles looked on in awe as six of the giant apes came to a feeding spot at the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre on the island of Borneo.
Earlier the prince was taught the art of hunting with a blowpipe. The Prince of Wales feeds an orangutan during a visit to the Sarawak Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre yesterday The Prince takes aim with a blowpipe