Viviane Moos |  Documentary Photographer
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There are only 15,000 wild orangutans left living in the forest. At the rate that they are being killed, captured, and with the destructive deforestation continuing, they will be extinct within the next 15 years.
 
The word orangutan means ‘people of the forest’. This story seeks to illustrate the
humanity of these ‘people’ and the daily struggle of those trying to save them.

I spent three months on the island of Borneo in Indonesia, I saw huge, overcrowded cages full of young, orphaned orangutans. Traumatized babies reached out to any human who would touch or hold them. I spent time with young Indonesian babysitters, who are hired to spend their days as orangutan mother-substitutes. I witnessed the patience and love in caring for sick orangutans.
 
With the help of two very special people in my story, some orangutans are being rehabilitated and released onto Orangutan island, which is separated from the mainland so as not to mix those who have been in touch with humans and the wild orangutans.
 
But this is not a success story. " All this looks like a wonderful thing," says Willie Smits, one of the two heros in my story. " The fact that we do have orangutan rehabilitation means that we have failed to do what is important to their ultimate survival, and that is to protect the wild orangutan in its native habitat".
 
Willie holds an orangutan while armed tradrers try and hide the evidence of their illegal sale Rescue of an orangutan who was found starved and held by a restaurant owner in his back yard. Emen suffered the loss of four fingers for stealing eggs from her owner's kitchen Orphaned Nian plays amidst carved orangutan skulls confiscated from local merchants One year old Waanke is an illegal pet with a local, Indonesian family Putto is ready for the day while Ulla is still preparing his food Putto adores having breakfast with Ulla Ulla gets a hug from Nitnot during his play hour behind her home Jamiat clings to his handler's boots for reassurance Said and Romi Dr. Willie is greeted affectionately on his visit to the halfway forest When it's raining, rescued orangutans prefer hanging out on the boardwalk to climbing wet trees Jeanne teaches local school children on orangutan survival and forest preservation Medical aid for a newly arrived orphan Lorne comforts Gayo, who is severely dehydrated Lorne catches up on her work with lazy Mandra who prefers staying close to her At night Lorne continues working from her home Late into the night Lorne comforts Metizen who is very ill 9 months old Nabima comforts new arrival Kiki, who is emotionally and physically damaged Oyoi learning to climb and which leaves are eatable As a good surrogate mother, Yati introduces Oyoi to new fruit in the manner his mother would have New arrival Mona gets fingerprinted for future tracking Yati spends her days as a babysitter Too independent to continue sleeping in her home, Lorne brings Utung to the halfway forest where he will spend his first night away from her Lorne checks to see how new arrival Utung is coping