The CREATE Project- Corridor Restoration for Animals Threatened and Endangered
Led by Conservation Manager, Stacia Pieroni, and in partnership with APE Malaysia, a social enterprise focusing on improving wildlife habitat and captive welfare, the Kansas City Zoo has initiated a long-term habitat restoration project in the Kinabatangan rainforest of Borneo. The wildlife sanctuary that is under restoration is home to orangutans, pygmy elephants, gibbons, proboscis monkeys, hundreds of tropical birds, mammals, reptiles and even more species of plants.
The Kansas City Zoo currently has two restoration sites totaling roughly 5.5 acres where young fast growing saplings are being planted in order to restore the canopy of the rainforest. These young saplings will grow to towering heights within a few short years helping to create a corridor for local wildlife to move around the forest freely.
This project also includes the development of local Sukau villagers ownership of reforestation component activities by establishing a dedicated tree-planting squad made up of 2 local villagers as well as generating active participation in nursery care, tree-planting and sapling maintenance through the engagement of village youths. Since July 2017, more than 300 saplings have already been planted.