His hair is now bright orange and his skin is healthy. He climbs from tree to tree with ease. He has an appetite for fruit and other snacks like no other — and most importantly, he is loved.
Now part of IAR’s orangutan rehabilitation program, Gito spends his days in a protected forest with other orphaned orangutans his age learning all there is to know about living in the wild.
Since baby orangutans typically spend the first six to seven years with their mothers, the rescue’s caretakers work closely with the young apes to teach them how to climb, how to forage for food and how to build nests — important survival skills they would have learned early on in life from their mothers.