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There are only 13,000 Sumatran Orangutans left in the world mainly due to deforestation in their habitat as rainforest is burned and cut to make way for palm oil plantations. As logging forces the primates into smaller degraded rainforest parcels where nutrition is scarce the animals are forced into contact with local farmers in the primates' search for food.

As a Patron of the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS), Suzi Eszterhas had the privilege of working with a team from the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) in Sumatra. The experience was an adventure to say the least - one that included death threats, some serious jungle tromping, and most of all, heart warming moments with an amazing team of brave men.

The team was able to successfully evacuate a female orangutan from a degraded piece of rainforest on a remote part of the island and release her into the Gunung Leuser National Park where the habitat is still intact. The rescue process is a harrowing endeavor that includes frightening the animal up into a tree so they can shoot her with a tranquilizer dart. Once she's sedated they hoist her into a cage to transport overland to a safe location, wait for her to awake and watch her make her way into her new jungle home.
Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) conflict response unit members searching for individual in need of evacuation from logged area, Sumatra, Indonesia
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00567442 Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) conflict response unit members searching for individual in need of evacuation from logged area, Sumatra, Indonesia© Suzi Eszterhas
Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) female being rescued from clearcut forest area by the Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit, Sumatra, Indonesia
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00567447 Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) female being rescued from clearcut forest area by the Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit, Sumatra, Indonesia© Suzi Eszterhas
Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) female being rescued from clearcut forest area by the Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit, Sumatra, Indonesia
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00567443 Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) female being rescued from clearcut forest area by the Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit, Sumatra, Indonesia© Suzi Eszterhas
Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) female being rescued from clearcut forest area by the Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit, Sumatra, Indonesia
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00567444 Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) female being rescued from clearcut forest area by the Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit, Sumatra, Indonesia© Suzi Eszterhas
Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) female being rescued from clearcut forest area by the Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit, Sumatra, Indonesia
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00567446 Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) female being rescued from clearcut forest area by the Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit, Sumatra, Indonesia© Suzi Eszterhas
Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) female being rescued from clearcut forest area by the Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit, Sumatra, Indonesia
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00567448 Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) female being rescued from clearcut forest area by the Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit, Sumatra, Indonesia© Suzi Eszterhas
Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) female being released after being rescued from clearcut forest area by the Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit, Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
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00567449 Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) female being released after being rescued from clearcut forest area by the Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit, Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia© Suzi Eszterhas
Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) female being released after being rescued from clearcut forest area by the Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit, Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
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00567450 Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) female being released after being rescued from clearcut forest area by the Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit, Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia© Suzi Eszterhas
Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) female climbing trees after being rescued from clearcut forest area by the Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit, Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
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00567451 Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) female climbing trees after being rescued from clearcut forest area by the Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit, Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia© Suzi Eszterhas
Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) conflict response unit members, Sumatra, Indonesia
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00567452 Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) conflict response unit members, Sumatra, Indonesia© Suzi Eszterhas
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