Orangutan Island – On Animal Planet this September

Orangutan Island – On Animal Planet this September


For Australian viewers, Animal Planet is screening Orangutan Island on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. Be sure to watch at 7:30pm (AEST) on Wednesdays and 8:30pm (AEST) on Sundays starting September 10th. 

A desperate struggle for survival is raging deep in the heart of Borneo’s forests. Illegal logging is rapidly destroying the Bornean orangutans’ last stronghold in the wild; leaving hundreds of orang babies orphaned and homeless.

Their future seems bleak but a ground-breaking project provides real hope for ensuring the survival of the species.

Meet the 35 classmates of Forest School 103 at the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre. Through this innovative project, led by Lone Droscher-Nielsen and her team, the orangutans will get to live wild on a protected island, the foundation for the largest primate rescue project in the world.

Unlike wild orangutans, this group will be confined to an island where they will need to learn to live together in a community, something that will not come naturally to them. Learning to bond with other orangutans, forming friendships and sharing knowledge are all issues they will face.

Will the bonds they have formed at the Nyaru Menteng nursery survive and serve as a basis for creating a society or will issues of dominance prove too destructive?

How Can You Help

There are lots of ways you can support orangutans and help ensure the survival of this precious ape.

Adopt an Orangutan

Adopt an Orangutan

Orangutans are endangered and at risk of extinction. Habitat destruction results in hundreds of orphaned orangutans, who rely on our care every year. You can help by adopting one. Their dedicated ‘nannies’ teach them everything they need to know for when it’s time to release them back to the wild. You can follow their progress through Forest School.

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Make a Donation

Make a Donation

Please help the Orangutans in their struggle for survival. Your donation is important and goes directly to BOS Indonesia. By donating, you are helping bring this noble yet endangered species back from the brink of extinction and on a path to freedom - from rescue to rehabilitation and release.

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Visit Our Shop

Visit Our Shop

The perfect gift for any occasion! Choose from our selection of instant gifts that directly support our orangutans. You can buy a wheelbarrow, provide food for an orangutan for two months or lots more. You will receive a certificate, personalised with the name of your choice - perfect gift for you or a friend.

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