Unfortunately, these two baby orangutans aren’t the only ones who have been through this kind of ordeal. The IAR team has rescued countless orangutans who were illegally sold or kept as pets. In fact, IAR is currently caring for 111 orangutans at its rehabilitation center.
“Having such a large number of orangutans undergoing rehabilitation, with more having to be rescued, makes it harder and harder to find safe places where we can release them,” Karmele Llano Sanchez, IAR program director, said in a statement. “If we do not address the root cause of the problem, we will never halt the decline of orangutans in the wild.”