Prince swings in for ape cru­sade

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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