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Red Ape: Saving the Orangutan

Documentary following a team of medics as they fight to save Borneo's critically endangered orangutans, combining genuine rescue footage with contributions from experts.

For the last decade, a team of frontline medics has been fighting to save Borneo's critically endangered orangutans. Armed with cameras, International Animal Rescue has documented their struggle: pulling apes from devastated jungle, giving emergency medical care, rehabilitating and releasing the healthiest orangutans back into the wild. This is both the story of their life-saving work and of how one of our closest wild relatives has been pushed to the brink of extinction.

Combining genuine rescue footage with contributions from experts throughout, this documentary looks toward the future and asks what hope remains to save the orangutan.

59 minutes

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Role Contributor
Narrator Ivanno Jeremiah
Director Rowan Musgrave
Executive Producer Alex Williamson
Series Editor Roger Webb
Production Company Offspring Films


Orangutans – Extinction is Forever

Read Dr Ben Garrod's warning about our closest cousins.

Saving Pangolins from Extinction

Read Dr Dan Challender's article on the state of Pangolin conservation

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