Linking Journalism with the Web of Life
Who’s that hiding in the trees? It’s a Bornean orangutan, an ape with an unhappy history and an uncertain future.
I saw this orangutan and several others when I took a recent boat journey past Kaja Island in the Rungan River of Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.
The 40-plus orangutans on the island are ‘rehabs’ — creatures that have been confiscated from poachers, found orphaned or rescued from homes where as pets they were subjected to a diet of noodles instead of fruits and tree bark.
Many were rescued from palm oil plantations where they were captured as pests after arriving hungry to feed on the palms.
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