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Saving the Orangutan

Red Ape uses footage filmed by teams fighting to save critically endangered orangutans of Borneo, to reveal the reasons for their decline and exploring what their future holds.

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 Natural World documentary looks toward the future and asks what hope remains to save the orangutan.

59 minutes

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

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    Julia Kent



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


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