"Thankfully, our team reached this orangutan just in time and were able to translocate her to safety," IAR said.
Unfortunately, as this poignant image shows, there's a very real cost to Borneo and Sumatra's booming palm oil industry. Countless acres of forest have been torn down to make way for new plantations, leaving already threatened orangutans with nowhere to go. Some die of starvation or from venturing too near humans; others have been killed in the resulting forest fires. The two species of orangutan are now listed as endangered and critically endangered.
"We are the last and only hope for orangutans in West Kalimantan [in Borneo], and the rainforest continues to be destroyed at an alarming rate," IAR said. "We are busier than ever before, desperately working to protect the forest that still remains."