Can palm oil plantations and great apes ever mix?Exploring the Crisis
Apes do catch Ebola – and many other infectious diseases. All great apes, including humans, are susceptible to a range of infectious viruses and bacteria. Devastating disease may spell extinction of great apes in the wild.Learn More
Begun over a decade ago as an outgrowth of her veterinarian work to save rescued orang-utans in Ketapang city, West Kalimantan Borneo, Dr. Karmele Llano Sanchez, created Yayasan IAR to expand the effort. The center was moved out of the inner city to a 100 hectare forested property. The new location gave rescued orang-utans a healthier environment, an opportunity to expand health care facilities, and ensure greater opportunity for possible return of orang-utans to the wild.
In what terms should we think of these beings, nonhuman yet possessing so very many human-like characteristics? How should we treat them? Surely we should treat them with the same consideration and kindness as we show to other humans; and as we recognize human rights, so too should we recognize the rights of the great apes? Yes.
I dream of the day when all these cages will be empty, there will be no more babies to hold.
When a rescued chimp or gorilla baby shows up here, its now our responsibility for the next 55 years.