Hutan is a wildlife conservation organisation based in the Kinabatangan floodplain in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Established in 1998, our programme now employs more than 55 skilled staff from the local Sungai community.
We also work in close partnership with the sabah Wildlife Department and a wide range of partners - including Kinabatangan communities, government agencies and oil palm plantations to find realistic solutions for the long-term conservation of the Kinabatangan’s unique biodiversity.
ASAP Species That We Work On
What We Do
Over the past 20 years, Hutan has developed a holistic strategy combining long‐term scientific research, habitat protection and management, policy work, capacity building, education and awareness, as well as community outreach and development
Where We Work
The Kinabatangan floodplain in eastern Sabah (Malaysian Borneo) is one of the largest and most biodiverse in Malaysia. It is home to rare and endangered wildlife species, such as the orang-utan, proboscis monkey, Bornean elephant, Sunda clouded leopard and a wide array of bird species.
In the last decades however, the region has been subjected to large-scale landscape changes that have seriously impaired the floodplain’s ecological integrity. Our estimates indicate that around 70% of land area within the whole floodplain has been converted to oil palm agriculture.
The Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary (roughly 26,000 ha) was created in 2005, a first step towards the protection of rare and endangered species. Yet the sanctuary is small and severely fragmented, driving many local wildlife populations to the edge of extinction. Human-wildlife conflicts are also on the rise.
Hutan and its partners work to mitigate the effects of forest fragmentation and to establish strategic wildlife passageways reconnecting the fragments of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary.