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Orangutan Island Premieres Tonight!

If you like Meerkat Manor, don't miss the premiere of Orangutan Island – it's similar to Kid Nation, except the reality here includes 35 orangutan "children of the forest" brought to live on an island, and learn to live together in a community.

The participating orangutans are from the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Borneo. Through this innovative project, they will have the opportunity to live on a protected island, where we can watch their development... and they learn to survive in the wild. Orangutan Island is the foundation for the largest primate rescue project in the world.

Check it out tonight on Animal Planet at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)


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caryatid caryatid 8 years
wait... i'm confused. orangutans are typically solitary creatures and territorial. they're putting them on an island to promote group living? "learning to live together in a community" isn't always possible or good for all primates... lots of zoos have had embarrassing incidents involving this idea.
mrflibble mrflibble 8 years
We MUST protect them.
Stoned Stoned 8 years
Damn! I missed it.
tawvry tawvry 8 years
I think I'll choose watching this over watching Kid Nation!
lizzy51 lizzy51 8 years
Yay!!! I've been looking forward to this show!!! I enjoyed watching the series "Growing Up Orangutan" and I remember just falling in love with these guys. With their habitat getting smaller and smaller each day, it breaks my heart. You can tell they hurt like humans do and feel pain when you look into their eyes. We need to become more educated in matters like these and become passionate about helping to maintain the Earth and her resources. Just keeping yourself informed is a good first step. Watch the show!!! It'll probably be better than Meerkat Manor.
jessugar jessugar 8 years
how adorable! also, timely: Across the world, illegal timber operations are decimating vital habitat for orangutans and other wildlife. In fact, a recent U.N. report predicts that orangutans could be extinct within the next 20 years -- the victims of habitat destruction due mainly to illegal timber harvests and land conversion. -- from a letter from the Defenders of Wildlife. for more info:
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Awww cute! I'm not doign anythgin tonight so I might just check it out :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
So cute :)
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