Sepang: MASkargo today does its bit again for the conservation of Orangutans when it flew two infant Sumatran Orangutans (Pongo Abelii) to Medan from Kuala Lumpur.

Citrawan and Bobina, a male and a female that are both about a year old, were confiscated by the Malaysian Wildlife Department (Perhilitan) in Klang after being illegally smuggled from Indonesia.

This is the third repatriation sponsored by MASkargo, the latest being in 2013 where three rescued adult orangutans were flown on the Airbus A330 freighter to Jakarta before being transferred to Medan. In Medan, Citrawan and Bobyna will first be quarantined at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) Center before being released to their native habitat.

Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) is an active member of the IATA Live Animals and Perishables Board and practices strict compliance to the Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The airline pledges full support for organizations that are managing and preserving wildlife population and will work cooperatively towards saving wildlife heritage and eliminating illegal trade and transportation of protected species worldwide.