A shared story about Orangutans

                Before we lend the interesting story about Orangutans, let me first give some of its basic facts. In Malay orang means “person” and utan is derived from hutan, which means “forest,” which literally means “person of the forest”. They are Asian species which are native to Indonesia and Malaysia and usually found in the rainforest of Borneo and Sumatra. Their lifespan veiled between 40-50 years in the wild. They also have enormous power and strength fit enough to climb and hang upside-down from branches for a long period of time. Humans share 97% of the same DNA as orangutans. Those were the basic facts.

                Let me share you now the story by introducing Jami Tarris, a stunning photographer who will provide us a new view. After her long journey and photograph in Borneo and Sumatra, she told to her husband that she would like to adopt a baby orangutan. She went there to photograph the desolation and wreckage caused by vast fires from the palm oil plantation. Without the awareness of many, palm oil is considered as a growing industry; it is indeed a replacement for sunflower, canola, vegetables and other oils used in cooking and household products. Indonesia and Malaysia are the countries having a huge cash industry of palm oil. This might pledge profit or economic growth but this could also spare fatal effect to the affected ones, including the natural forest. The natural forest is the home of ample numbers of animals including orangutans. Like human, they also have family that will be ruined and became orphaned brought by the destruction.

                The process starts in cutting down the trees where orangutans usually dwell, slashing and burn clearing, really sounds cruel. They used to kill adult orangutans making the babies orphaned and selling them to some illegal pet store or trade. After cutting down the trees, they will now proceed to the planting of oil palms. They feed themselves with money at the expense and destruction of some.

                When she went to Sumatra, she’s yearning to photograph the devastation and the palm oil industry, and the orangutan as well. But before she precedes, the Director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP), Dr. Ian Singleton hastily sent her to SOCP’s quarantine Care Center in Medan, Sumatra. She said, “He told me that two days before my plane landed, three infant orangutans were in the back seat of a car being driven down to southern Sumatra by two men who were going to illegally sell them as pets. A twist of fate occurred when the driver of the car holding the orangutan infants ran a red light and hit a car in the intersection. Two policemen happened to be sitting at the intersection and when they went up to the scene of the accident they discovered that there were three plastic cages in the back seat of one of the cars containing tiny orangutan babies”. In God’s fate, the rescue team rescued and recovered the three baby orangutans. She went to the quarantine center and witnessed the three playful and lovely baby orangutans. She was drowned in tears after seeing the babies in good and pleasant condition. The SOCP center is making sure that the babies are being cared for to the fact that the infant requires constant affection and attention.


                “What I saw and photographed: They are in diapers! They hit each other. They scream. They play bite. They want to be held. They love toys. They love to climb around and grab anything colorful or shiny. They get mad. They have temper tantrums. They laugh and giggle when they are tickled, “she said.

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