Cuteness of the day: how orphaned orangutans live in the reserve (17 photos)

Category: Animals, PEGI 0+
12 February 2024

In Indonesia, there is a special rehabilitation center where little orphan orangutans are cared for. Children aged three to seven years are cared for by surrogate mothers. These adorable pictures were taken at two orangutan centers in Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The Orangutan Survival Foundation operates a number of centers for orangutans in Indonesia, where babies left without mothers are sensitively cared for and prepared for life in the wild. There, babies from three to seven years old are cared for by surrogate mothers, they learn natural skills so that one day they can return to the forest. Charming kids are bathed in love: they are pushed on a cart, they play with their relatives, they have a lot of entertainment and delicious food. Founded in 1991, the Orangutan Survival Trust is the world's largest orangutan conservation organization.

These images were taken at two centers on the island of Kalimantan, Indonesia. Many of the children living in the centers have lost family due to deforestation, poaching and the illegal pet trade, and forest fires. Orangutans are now critically endangered in the wild, largely due to habitat destruction. The second serious threat is poaching of cubs for illegal sale.

Here's how baby orangutans live at the rescue center:

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