Helping the orang-utan (video)

You need Adobe Flash Player, or an HTML5 enabled web browser, and JavaScript enabled to watch this video.

Visit the Adobe website to download the latest Adobe Flash Player

Sumatran orang-utans, Pongo abelii, are critically endangered. Fewer than 7,000 are left in the wild, and they are threatened by the destruction of their forest habitat.

Panut Hadisiswoyo, Director of the Orangutan Information Centre in Sumatra, Indonesia, discusses the plight of these endearing apes and how a forest restoration project is enabling local people to become the forest’s protectors. 

Find out why saving the orang-utan saves more than just a single species.