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Young Orangutans Get Wheeled To Forest School

Video shot by International Animal Rescue shows them being taken to class every morning in a wheelbarrow.

The animals live at IAR's sanctuary in Ketapang, in Kaliman province in eastern Indonesia's Borneo island, and rehabilitation could take seven to eight years.

"When the orangutans arrive here we try to give them an environment that is as natural as possible, that is why we created the forest schools," said Karmele Llano Sanchez, IAR's project director in Indonesia.

"And these forest schools are the forest areas where the orangutans come every day from the morning until the evening, and they're given the chance to stay overnight in the forest when they start learning how to make a nest.

"What we want is to try to replicate what an orangutan will do in the wild, so this is what they will learn during the process of rehabilitation."

There are currently 102 orangutans living in the sanctuary, but not all primates attend the school because some have suffered long-term injuries that mean they can never return to the wild.

The population of the endangered species, mainly found in southeast Asia, has decreased tremendously due to illegal poaching and habitat loss.

Experts say Indonesia, home to the world's third-largest tropical forest acreage, holds the key to the problem and needs to put into practice a long-term plan to enforce laws, tackle fires and spend more on prevention.

The World Wildlife Fund estimates there are around 45,000 to 69,000 Borneo orangutans and another 7,500 critically endangered Sumatran orangutans.





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