Baby orangutans released back into the wild after rehabilitation

PHOTO: Keepers bring orangutan babies with wheelbarrows at a forest school in International Animal Rescue (IAR) Orangutan Safety and Conservation Center, Ketapang, West Kalimantan, Sept. 18, 2018, in Indonesia.Dasril Roszandi/NurPhoto/ZUMA Press/Newscom
Keepers bring orangutan babies with wheelbarrows at a forest school in International Animal Rescue (IAR) Orangutan Safety and Conservation Center, Ketapang, West Kalimantan, Sept. 18, 2018, in Indonesia.

Orangutans in South East Asia are in peril.

The region's rainforests are rapidly disappearing from deforestation, displacing the primates from their homes. Babies are being taken illegally from their mothers and sold as pets.

The International Animal Rescue (IAR) is coming to the aid of these great animals. Staff at the organization are teaching young orangutans who were illegally sold to climb, play and fight for themselves before being released back to their natural habitat.

PHOTO: Caretakers at the International Animal Rescue (IAR) Orangutan Safety and Conservation Center, bring orangutan babies in wheelbarrows at a forest school in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, Sept., 18, 2018, in Indonesia. Dasril Roszandi/NurPhoto/ZUMA Press/Newscom
Caretakers at the International Animal Rescue (IAR) Orangutan Safety and Conservation Center, bring orangutan babies in wheelbarrows at a forest school in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, Sept., 18, 2018, in Indonesia.
PHOTO: The International Animal Rescue (IAR) Orangutan Safety and Conservation Center rescue and care for baby orangutans, Sept. 18, 2018, in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Dasril Roszandi/NurPhoto/ZUMA Press/Newscom
The International Animal Rescue (IAR) Orangutan Safety and Conservation Center rescue and care for baby orangutans, Sept. 18, 2018, in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, Indonesia.

They undergo a lengthy rehabilitation process to prepare them for life in the wild.

PHOTO: Caretakers bring orangutan babies in wheelbarrows at a forest school in the International Animal Rescue (IAR) Orangutan Safety and Conservation Center, Ketapang, West Kalimantan, Sept., 18,2018. Dasril Roszandi/NurPhoto/ZUMA Press/Newscom
Caretakers bring orangutan babies in wheelbarrows at a forest school in the International Animal Rescue (IAR) Orangutan Safety and Conservation Center, Ketapang, West Kalimantan, Sept., 18,2018.

"It’s a tragedy to find a baby orangutan without its mother, alone, vulnerable and distressed," IAR CEO Alan Knight OBE said. "These babies should have been in its mother’s care for the next six or seven years of its life. Instead, she is nowhere to be found. It’s highly likely that she has been killed as yet another victim of hunters or agricultural workers protecting their crops. Thankfully they are in safe hands now and will be given expert treatment and care at our center which is currently home to 109 rescued orangutans.”

PHOTO: Keepers give orangutan babies milk and food at the International Animal Rescue (IAR) Orangutan Safety and Conservation Center, Ketapang, West Kalimantan, Sept., 18, 2018, in Indonesia. Dasril Roszandi/NurPhoto/ZUMA Press/Newscom
Keepers give orangutan babies milk and food at the International Animal Rescue (IAR) Orangutan Safety and Conservation Center, Ketapang, West Kalimantan, Sept., 18, 2018, in Indonesia.

Added Tantyo Bangun, head of IAR’s Indonesia Program: "Eighty percent of the orangutan population is living outside conservation areas, in plantations and production forests. It is vital for all parties to participate so that the orangutan population can be managed properly by protecting the remaining forests and creating wildlife corridors, so that future baby orangutans are spared."

PHOTO: Residents and park employees bring a cage containing an orangutan in Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park, Sept. 12, 2018, in Indonesia. Dasril Roszandi/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/Newscom
Residents and park employees bring a cage containing an orangutan in Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park, Sept. 12, 2018, in Indonesia.

IAR has released more than 10 orangutans into the wild so far this year.

PHOTO: Orangutans are being released and climb up to the tree tops in the forest of Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park, in West Kalimantan, Sept. 14, 2018, in Indonesia. Dasril Roszandi/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/Newscom
Orangutans are being released and climb up to the tree tops in the forest of Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park, in West Kalimantan, Sept. 14, 2018, in Indonesia.