A recent upload of images by Suzi Eszterhas takes us to the rainforests of Borneo where we visit orphaned orangutans at a rehabilitation center operated by OFI - Orangutan Foundation International.
Founded by orangutan expert Dr. Birute Galdikas in 1986, OFI is committed to the welfare of all orangutans, whether captive, ex-captive, or wild. It runs an orphanage and rehabilitation center in Borneo and manages forest sites where rehabilitated orangutans have been released. OFI has also been at the forefront of fighting the palm oil industry and deforestation in Borneo. Through its field programs, OFI also provides employment at these facilities for over 200 local Indonesians.
The organization releases wild born ex-captive orangutans once they have been rehabilitated, taught how to forage for themselves and have passed a medical exam. The animals are closely monitored after their release into suitable habitat where the animals are guarded.