Baby orangutans, which had previously suffered from respiratory problems, playing at a nursery in the rehabilitation centre operated by the BOSF on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. (AFP PHOTO / BORNEO ORANGUTAN SURVIVAL FOUNDATION (BOSF) / INDRAYANA)

Save Me, Please

BY :AFP

OCTOBER 29, 2015

Endangered orangutans are falling victim to a devastating haze crisis that has left them sick, malnourished and severely traumatised as fires rage through Indonesia's forests, reducing their habitat to a charred wasteland. Rescuers at a centre for the great apes on Borneo island are considering an unprecedented mass evacuation of the hundreds in their care, and have deployed teams on hazardous missions to search for stricken animals in the wild. At the Nyaru Menteng centre in Kalimantan, sixteen baby orangutans have been put into isolation, suffering infections from prolonged exposure to the thick, yellow smoke suffocating Indonesia's half of Borneo island.

Baby orangutans, which had previously suffered from respiratory problems, playing at a nursery in the rehabilitation centre operated by the BOSF on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. ( AFP PHOTO / BORNEO ORANGUTAN SURVIVAL FOUNDATION (BOSF) / INDRAYANA)

Baby orangutans, which had previously suffered from respiratory problems, sitting in a baskt at a nursery in the rehabilitation centre operated by the BOSF on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. (AFP PHOTO / BORNEO ORANGUTAN SURVIVAL FOUNDATION (BOSF) / INDRAYANA)

An orangutan holding a worker's hand as it plays outside its cage at the rehabilitation centre operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan.  ( AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO)

An orangutan (R) climbing a tree at a rehabilitation centre operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. (  AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO)

Baby orangutans, which had previously suffered from respiratory problems, being fed milk by a worker at a nursery in the rehabilitation centre operated by the BOSF on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. ( AFP PHOTO / BORNEO ORANGUTAN SURVIVAL FOUNDATION (BOSF) / INDRAYANA)

Baby orangutans, which had previously suffered from respiratory problems, playing at a nursery in the rehabilitation centre operated by the BOSF on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. ( AFP PHOTO / BORNEO ORANGUTAN SURVIVAL FOUNDATION (BOSF) / INDRAYANA)

A worker feeding orangutans at a rehabilitation centre operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan.  (AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO)

Orangutans playing outside their cages at a rehabilitation centre operated by the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation on the outskirts of Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan.  (AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO)

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