The Scorpion Foundation held a demonstration outsite Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta today (Tuesday, 12/01/2016) to protest exploitation of orangutan at Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, a 5-star holiday resort, an hour from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the Sabah state in Malaysian Borneo.
For almost 20 years the Rasa Ria Resort (RR) have been continuously supplied with orphan orangutans from the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (SORC) in Sandakan.
According to the Shangri-La website, the purpose of RR's 'Orangutan Care' project is to rehabilitate orangutans (for wild release). The orangutans are later returned to the SORC to continue the rehabilitation process.
However, the Shangri-La Group uses the facade of rehabilitation to exploit the orangutans at the resort through tourism for profit.