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School teaches baby orangutans survival skills






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Baby orangutans in Indonesia are going to school to learn to find food and make a home. After seven or eight years, the young apes can return to the forest and survive on their own. The school is run by International Animal Rescue (IAR). A spokesperson said: "We are committed to rescuing and rehabilitating…orangutans…and giving them a second chance." Some do not go to school because they are too badly injured, so they cannot go back to the forest.

Some of the babies at the IAR lost their parents because of hunting, logging and forest fires. They are suffering and dying because palm oil companies are destroying the rainforests. Other baby orangutans were sold as pets. There are also adult orangutans at the centre. These have spent a lot of their life in cages. The WWF says orangutans are in danger because their forests are being destroyed.

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