Wednesday, August 15, 2012



Go Inside a Rainforest Hospital Fighting to Save These Magnificent and

Vulnerable Creatures

Deep in the Borneo rainforest, a dedicated team of veterinarians and caregivers has a massive and emotional task ahead of them: rescuing and nursing the jungle's most orangutan babysitterorangutan handsappealing – and most vulnerableanimals back to health. Currently there are approximately 600 orangutans being cared for day and night at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation Centre. Most have had traumatic lives, clinging to survival as rainforests are burned around them, while others are snatched from the wild to be sold as pets. Every day is a challenge for the team as they care for the orphans and deal with the human crises of life in a rainforest hospital.

ORANGUTAN DIARY features stories of hope as this dedicated team attempts to save these fragile animals. During the course of the program, the team introduces the newest orangutan mom and babyand smallest orangutan, baby Arnold, and races through miles and miles of muddy roads hoping to save a young orangutan held illegally in a tiny crate. Sumanto takes a terrifying fall at the centre and fights for his life, while massive male Hercules, the hairiest orangutan you will ever meet, heads off for his annual leave on a river island. Lone Droscher Nielson, the centre's director, is always looking for places where rescued orangutans can be released back into the wild and finally finds a refuge in the heart of Borneo. After months of planning, a handful of rescued orangutans is able to fly away to freedom, including Mama Abut and her baby, found starving on an oil palm plantation but nursed back to health at the centre. And the confiscation team sets off on the most demanding rescue yet, with one of the technicians risking his life in a death-defying climb to get Bonny back where she belongs.

An emotional rollercoaster ride into the heart of the rainforest, ORANGUTAN DIARY presents an inside look at the lives of these animals on the edge.

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Steve Leonard and Michaela Strachan are on a rescue mission to help save some of our closest animal relatives – orangutans. With their forest home disappearing at a terrifying rate, it's estimated that these magnificent animals will be extinct within 10 years.

Hope lies with the dedicated few who are doing all they can to save these magnificent animals. Presenters Michaela and Steve, join staff and animals at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation for an emotional rollercoaster ride.

The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation's single aim is to ensure a wild future for endangered orangutans. More than 450 rescued animals have found a safe home at the Nyaru Menteng Centre in Borneo. Director and former air stewardess, Lone Droscher Nielson, has dedicated the last 13 years of her life to saving these great apes. She and her team work round the clock to care for and educate the orangutans. Their aim is to return as many animals as possible back to the wild.


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