Baby orangutans rescued in Borneo

Created on April 12, 2013

A total of thirty baby orangutans have been saved from from the country of Borneo.

International Animal Rescue found the apes living in shacks after the forest where they lived was destroyed and their parents killed by hunters.

Now the creatures have been moved to a big new rescue centre in West Kalimantan. But the babies didn’t travel by ordinary means – the easiest way to move them was by wheelbarrow!

Ourangutans are one of the world’s most endangered species – it’s thought that there are fewer than 50,000 left in the world today.

It’s not just loss of their habitat that threatens their existence: hunting and the illegal trade of them as exotic pets are seen as major factors as well.

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Hi my name is Shem and I am the founder and Editor of Kiwi Kids News. Myrole is to make sure the website is ticking over nicely. During the day I work as a teacher at Aquinas College in Tauranga. By night I am a triathlon wannabe whose goal is to one day complete an Ironman triathlon. I also enjoy playing backyard cricket with my two boys and listening to my little girl sing Frozen.


  1. Maritha

    May 27, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    They are so cute

  2. maraenuigirl

    May 15, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    some people need to be strong like help them not kill them ok
    :) :(

  3. sonyta

    April 16, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    they said from from but thats sad

  4. Sad Person

    April 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    to bad so sad

  5. preya-lee

    April 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    safari is sad person if u want 2 know

  6. preya

    April 16, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    that is sad

  7. Safari

    April 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    i think that it is very interresting and sad!

  8. preya

    April 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    thats sad but cute

  9. Safari

    April 16, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    i know


    April 12, 2013 at 1:44 pm


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