NATURE: The Last Orangutan Eden

NATURE: The Last Orangutan Eden

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:00pm

A young orangutan learns how to process fruit by watching mom closely. Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, Leuser Ecosystem.

Credit: Courtesy of © THIRTEEN Productions LLC

Follow a band of orangs that use tools, share food, forage together and create a distinct culture.

Ecologist Chris Morgan travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the efforts to save its wild orangutan population, which is quickly dwindling due to deforestation. NATURE: The Last Orangutan Eden airs Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Morgan spends time with orphaned orangs at rehabilitation centers observing the process of teaching them the survival skills they’ll need to be released back into the wild. He also travels to a peat swamp forest known as Suaq Balimbing in a protected area and part of a World Heritage Site. Working with a team of experienced researchers, he becomes immersed in a unique social band of wild orangs that use tools, share food, forage together and create their own distinct culture. Advanced cameras follow the orangs throughout the canopy to provide an intimate, clear picture of how these arboreal apes spend their days and nights and interact with one another.

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