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Apes in Danger - Orangutans

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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: BBC
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 50 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2006
Available in French: No

In a remote part of Borneo, the race is on to save Asia's only great ape. The orangutans' forest homes are disappearing, and now a new commercial drive is threatening their last remaining refuges. Palm oil is BIG business – it has become the world's cheapest and best selling vegetable oil, and brings in over $3 billion a year for Indonesia's economy. It's in one in ten products on our supermarket shelves, from margarine to cosmetics. But, as our demand for palm oil increases, more and more forest is being removed to make way for huge plantations, leaving orangutans homeless. For Lone Droscher-Nielsen, this expanding industry means a neverending flood of destitute orangutans needing 24-hour care. A far cry from her former work as an air stewardess, Lone has dedicated her life to rescuing these ‘red apes' and securing a future for them back in the wild. But, with over 350 charges now in her care, she faces the biggest challenge yet. With ever-decreasing forest cover, will she ever find sanctuary for them back in the wild?