Substitute mother Selvi is teaching Otan, a 3-year-old male orangutan confiscated from a home in West Java by JAN (Jakarta Animal Network), to climb trees in the forest school at the SOCP (Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme) Quarantine Centre. Working together on a daily basis, Selvi and Otan have developed a strong mother/child bond.
Indonesia’s Sumatran orangutan is under severe threat from the incessant and ongoing depletion and fragmentation of the rainforest. As palm oil and rubber plantations, logging, mining and hunting continue to proliferate, orangutans are being forced out of their natural habitat. The photographer documented the work of several local organizations in Sumatra which take care of, rehabilitate and resocialize orangutans.
Copyright foto: © Alain Schroeder