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Judith Curran created and produced this documentary about a group of orphaned orangutans living in the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. The orangutans featured in this dramatically narrated program are being raised to cooperate with each other as a unit in order to survive in the wild together. This is a fairly revolutionary tactic as orangutans are generally solitary creatures so it is not natural for them to function as a socially dependent unit.

The program features regular appearances by executive producer Martha Ripp of Animal Planet and Lone Drøscher Nielsen, founder and manager of the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Reintroduction Project.

The real stars of the show are the large cast of orangutans who are full of mischief and fun. The orangutans experience everything from love triangles to bullying as they work their way through their training programs in preparation for a life outside of the safety of the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.

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Friday 9:00 PM et/pt on Animal Planet
2 Seasons, 25 Episodes - New Series
Mini-Series, Documentary & Biography, Animals
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Orangutan Island Full Episode Guide

  • Bonita gives an unexpected reaction after an action by Jupiter, and she leaves the island after her run in with Hamlet. Lone sets out to find Bonita, fearing that she is in danger of poachers.

  • Hamlet's future may be compromised after he strolls into the wild side. A plump Chen Chen had no one to meet him after returning from the clinic having mended. Lone tries to find the best way to ensure Bonita's health. Meanwhile, the males of Palas Island go on a rampage to targeting Kiki, and leaving baby Hardi in harm's way.

  • Reno's attempt to establish himself on the island ends with disastrous results.

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