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Orangutan Diary, Series 1 Episode 1 of 5

Duration: 29 minutes

Michaela Strachan and Steve Leonard present a series featuring orphaned and rescued orangutans in Borneo. Steve heads up river where he rescues a tiny orangutan being kept illegally as a pet. Back at the rescue centre she is named Ellie and takes her place alongside the other orphans.

Michaela visits the forest school where the young orangutans are trained in climbing, feeding and socialising - skills their mothers would have taught them in the wild. Steve attempts to rescue an adult orangutan from a fragment of forest destined for destruction.

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Michaela Strachan
Steve Leonard


  • Sun 1 Apr 2007 17:25 BBC One Scotland only

  • Mon 2 Apr 2007 19:00 BBC One except Channel Islands, London, Northern Ireland, Oxfordshire, Scotland, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire

  • Mon 23 Apr 2007 02:55 BBC One except Channel Islands, London, Northern Ireland, Oxfordshire, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire

Natural World: Orangutans - The Great Escape


Clips and galleries following pioneering Leonora, on an mission back into the wild.

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