Orphans of the Forest
Dr Willie Smits operates the largest primate rescue centre in the world. This year he will rescue his 1000th orphaned baby orangutan from the illegal pet trade in Indonesia.
Dr Smits founded the Wanariset forestry research station in 1985 and the Wanariset Orangutan Re-introduction centre in Indonesia in 1991. The Wanariset Orangutan Re-introduction centre is a joint venture between the Balikpapan Orangutan Survival Foundation and the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry. They are currently caring for 218 sick and orphaned orangutans and have released nearly 300 back into the protected Sungai Wain and Meratus rainforests.
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