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Orangutan Heros – We Love You!

Lone Droscher-Nielson was a SAS flight attendant from Aalborg, Denmark and now manages the largest primate project in the world.

It began when she vacationed at a compound in Borneo’s Tanjung Puting National Park 14 years ago.  She said she had no choice after she saw the malnourished, intelligent, childlike orangutans with outstretched hands and pleading eyes.  She had to save them.

She founded the Nyaru Menteng Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in 1999 and makes her home there with her beloved orangutans. 

There are over 600 orangutans to be cared for at the Center so Lone’s job is literally never done.  Between taking care of the orangutans, administration of the center and fundraising she is on duty or on call around the clock. 

Her sleeping quarters are very close to the orphaned babies nursery and she is often awakened at night by their cries for their dead mothers many of whom they watched murdered before their very eyes.  At one time she not only worked all day but got up with the little ones to feed them at night.  Thankfully, now there are two babysitters that work through the night soothing the tiny ones when they wake frightened and feeding them as their mothers would if they had lived.

In fact, there are now over 100 employees at the center which include veterinarians, lab technicians, cooks and orangutan nannies.

baby carmen  We love you Lone!  You are our HERO!

Learn more about this remarkable lady at orangutan-outreach-logo.jpg.

Orangutan Island

I’ve been keeping up on the show Orangutan Island.  I didn’t think I would get into each character as much as I did with Meerkat Manor.  But, then Cha Cha disappeared and even Lone couldn’t find her for most of the episode last week.  I knew I was involved as I let out a sign of relief when Cha Cha finally showed up.  And, was delighted when she didn’t cling to Lone as she did the day Lone had to leave her on the island.  I guess I’m hooked.

The “actors” in this reality show are The Bandit Boys (Rocky, Mercury, Saturnus, Togar, Milo and Donald), Bonita (The Fragile One), Cha Cha (The Social Butterfly), Chen Chen (The Pirate), Daisy (The Scrapper), Donald (The Apprentice), Hamlet (The Intruder), Jasmine (The Femme Fatale), Jordan (The Socially Challenged), Nadi (The Alarm Bell) and Saturnus (The Clown) — also part of The Bandit Boys.

The previews for next week are hilarious and there may be love in the air.

Check out the preview for next week and past weeks videos here:  http://animal.discovery.com/beyond/?playerId=203719213&categoryId=210013718

After watching these entertaining creatures you’ll have a hard time not making that decision to adopt one or more and help save their habitat and their lives.

So, I can’t finish without giving you the link to where you can adopt Kesi or one of the other irresistible orangutans at the center.  Click on Kesi below and adopt an orangutan TODAY!

Adopt Kesi

 Kind Regards,

April & Kesi