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  • ORANGUTAN RESCUE

  • Premieres Friday September 26th at 9:35pm, 8:35pm BKK/JKT
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ABOUT THE SHOW

Highly intelligent, super cute, with an arm span stretching 8 feet and cheek pads that never stop growing, orangutans share nearly 97% of our human DNA and are our closest animal relative. Only 100 years ago, an estimated 600,000 roamed the Borneo and Sumatran rainforests. But thanks to poaching, habitat destruction and the illegal pet trade, they are now one of the world’s most endangered species. 
 
But there is hope. A devoted team of international vets, scientists and volunteers have joined forces with locals to build and run a rehabilitation centre in western Kalimantan in Borneo.  Their aim: to rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned orang-utans – and eventually to release them back into the wild. 

From the tiny, the young and the fluffy… to the large, the old and the crinkley, orangutans – whose name means ‘people of the forest’- are fascinating creatures...
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