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Source: Jejak Pulang | FOUR PAWS | Agustina DS

"Forest School" Is Where Orphaned Orangutans Learn How To Be Apes

By Koty Neelis

Humans aren't the only species who have to go to school and take exams. As orangutans continue to experience loss of habitat and dwindling populations, young apes are left vulnerable and without proper guidance to navigate the wild on their own. Thanks to forest school, orphaned orangutans take lessons from human caregivers who teach them the ins and outs of being an ape.

Run by two nonprofits in cooperation with the Indonesian government, The Four Paws Forest School has been setting up a new rehabilitation project for orangutans in Borneo. Led by a primatologist, the goal of the school is to provide young orangutans with the skills needed to survive in the wild they typically would have learned from their mothers.

The non-profit includes 15 caregivers, a biologist, and two veterinarians that have been caring for eight orangutan orphans that all lost their mothers from the palm oil, tropical timber, and coal industries. Orangutans remain one of the most critically endangered species on the planet.