Saving Orangutans-forest school

Alain Schroeder

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Sibolangit, SOCP Quarantine Centre, North Sumatra, Indonesia. 

Substitution mother Selvi, is teaching Otan, a 3-year-old male confiscated from a home in West Java by JAN (Jakarta Animal Network), to climb trees in the forest school at the SOCP Quarantine Centre. Working together on a daily basis, Selvi and Otan have developed a strong mother/child bond. Like humans, the mother orangutan has to teach her kids everything they need to know to survive on their own. Here at the center, human caregivers take on that maternal role. It is the first step in a teaching, socialization and rehabilitation program with the goal of release at the age of 7 to 8 years old. This corresponds with the age when orangutans naturally leave their parents in the wild.

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