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Help Malaysia R.O.A.R (Restore Our Amazing Rainforest)

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Campaign Story

Known for its incredible biodiversity, Borneo is home to numerous rare and unique animals. APE’s vision is to restore these landscapes, thus benefiting the wildlife and supporting local communities for years to come. APE launched the R.O.A.R (Restore Our Amazing Rainforest) initiative in Borneo. Donors have the opportunity to plan a tree for just MYR 25 (US $7)

How Does This Work?

All the trees will be planted on APE’s reforestation sites at the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, assigned by the Sabah Wildlife Department. The Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary is home to one of the world’s ecosystems rich in biodiversity. 

Saplings are planted once they reach a height of 2 ft. Within the first 2 years, the tree will grow to heights of more than 3 metres (approx. 10 ft) which reaches the understorey canopy level . To form a suitable tree canopy of more than 8 (approx. 26 ft) meters, it will take about 10 years.

Since the launch of the ROAR initiative in June 2020, APE has planted over more than 6000 trees in the Kinabatangan area. Most of the trees have been maintained up to 3 times (since the first planting) to ensure survival. The team has also spotted up to 34 different species of animals returning to what was once a fragmented area. Overall, APE has planted more than 52,179 trees and empowered 24 local families

APE will be planting trees that are native to the area and fruiting trees to provide ample food resources for the wildlife in the corridors. Among the species of trees that are growing well include:
– Bangkal (Nauclea subdita)
– Binuang (Octomeles sumatrana)
– Talisai Paya (Terminalia copelandii)
– Simpoh Laki (Dillenia excelsa)
– Fig (Ficus sp)
Of all the trees APE planted, about 85% of trees survive the first year. The team did replacement plantings for trees that didn’t survive (mainly due to animal disturbances and poor soil conditions). They’ll continue to look after these trees until they form a healthy rainforest once again. Your trees will be planted by the local community from the neighbouring village. They are employed by APE Malaysia as field staff to work on our reforestation sites. 
By planting a tree through the ROAR initiative, you’ll help to create and reconnect important forest corridors that have been degraded through deforestation.

Your support for this reforestation project helps to create habitats for endangered animals (which include the Bornean orangutan and Borneo Pygmy Elephant), as well as offsetting your carbon footprint.

This can be something you do for yourself, or it can be dedicated to someone special for any occasion. As living and breathing organisms, trees make unique gifts as they can live for several decades, and they bring about significant benefits to our planet.

Donations to this campaign will be used to create and reconnect important forest corridors by planting trees on land that has been degraded through deforestation.

Each donor gets an E-certificate along with a photograph and GPS point of the planted tree.

We have 2 amazing gems of advice from Prophet Muhammad on going green and the importance of planting trees.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, “There is none amongst the Muslims who plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, but is regarded as a charitable gift for him.” [Bukhari]

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, “Even if the Resurrection were established upon one of you while he has in his hand a sapling, let him plant it.” [Ahmad]

Campaign Partner

Animal Projects & Environmental Education Sdn. Bhd. (APE) is a certified social enterprise by the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development Malaysia. It develops programmes in support of conservation projects in a sustainable manner. Our programmes are designed to be embedded within partner project sites and aim to benefit the environment, wildlife, animals and community of the area through monitored and measured conservation outcomes.

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