Red Ape: Saving the Orangutan

The BBC reveals the plight of the world's critically endangered orangutan population

Police storm a hideout where wildlife traffickers are keeping young orangutans to be illegally sold as pets…

A baby clings to its mother in a tree that’s being felled to clear forest for the production of
palm oil, while extraction teams wait to catch her fall so the pair can be relocated to
protected rainforest.

These are just two of the heart-rending scenes covered in this documentary that follows the conservation work being carried out by a pioneering orangutan rescue centre in Borneo.

Can these intelligent animals, which feel emotions such as joy and loss and share 97 per cent of our human DNA, be saved from extinction?