30 September 2013, 04:58 | Dr. Peter Pratje
A Day at Jungle School
(Text & photos by Julie Bremner)
In the wild young orangutans are raised by their mothers for many years before they are ready to survive in the jungle alone. Although they are still kids the orang-utans at the Danau Alo station in central Sumatra did not have this opportunity. Many were captured as infants from the wild and kept as pets. Some, like Julius, the youngest at the station, still bear scars from their incarceration. Juliusʼ neck is ringed with a dark black scar, a reminder of the chain he was once made to wear. Orangutans are wild animals and grow...