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Orangutan Diary Previous Broadcasts

Episode #105Z

KQED Life: Fri, May 27, 2016 -- 10:00 PM

After months of preparation the team embarks on one of the biggest releases they have ever attempted. Using boats, planes and helicopters, they will try to get Mama Pika, her baby and 23 other orangutans deep into the heart of Borneo. At the Centre, we meet irresistible orphans Peanut and Pickle, David the GP rushes to an emergency in Forest School, Lone welcomes the youngest and most vulnerable addition to the Centre, and Angelie (missing from Forest School for over two months) walks straight through the front gate. As the series draws to a close we catch up with some of the orangutans and people who have made time at the Centre such a rich experience, and we reflect on the world of the Centre and the long-term fate of some of our closest animal relatives.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sat, May 28, 2016 -- 4:00 AM

Episode #104Z

KQED Life: Sat, May 21, 2016 -- 3:53 AM

Some of the youngest are in danger as malaria hits the clinic. Fugitive Bento has escaped from the islands but refuses to come quietly. The confiscation team confronts the armed captor of two baby orangutans, and Lone (the Centre's director) finally finds somewhere in the heart of Borneo where more rescued orangutans can be released.

Episode #103Z

KQED Life: Sat, May 21, 2016 -- 3:00 AM

Meet Noddy, top of the class at nursery but nervous about his first day at school. Massive male Hercules, the hairiest orangutan you will ever meet, heads off for his annual leave on a river island. The confiscation team sets off on their most demanding rescue yet, and one of the technicians risks his life in a death-defying climb to get Bonny back where she belongs.

Episode #104Z

KQED Life: Fri, May 20, 2016 -- 9:53 PM

Some of the youngest are in danger as malaria hits the clinic. Fugitive Bento has escaped from the islands but refuses to come quietly. The confiscation team confronts the armed captor of two baby orangutans, and Lone (the Centre's director) finally finds somewhere in the heart of Borneo where more rescued orangutans can be released.

Episode #103Z

KQED Life: Fri, May 20, 2016 -- 9:00 PM

Meet Noddy, top of the class at nursery but nervous about his first day at school. Massive male Hercules, the hairiest orangutan you will ever meet, heads off for his annual leave on a river island. The confiscation team sets off on their most demanding rescue yet, and one of the technicians risks his life in a death-defying climb to get Bonny back where she belongs.

Episode #102Z

KQED Life: Sat, May 14, 2016 -- 3:53 AM

Can anyone help self-harming Roothi, an orangutan with real issues? After his terrifying fall Sumanto's health takes a turn for the worse, and the rescue team race to save several orangutans at risk one battles through miles of muddy roads hoping to save a young orangutan held illegally in a tiny crate, another searches for an orangutan seen dangerously close to a village school.

Episode #101Z

KQED Life: Sat, May 14, 2016 -- 3:00 AM

After months of planning, a handful of rescued orangutans are flying to freedom. On board are Mama Abut and her baby, found starving in an oil palm plantation but nursed back to health at the Centre, which is home to 600 rescued orangutans babies in the nursery needing 24-hour care, orphans in Forest School learning the skills they will need in the wild, and older ones almost ready for release. After a terrifying fall at the Centre, Sumanto fights for his life, while deep in the jungle the rescue team has to think fast when a powerful male decides he would rather not be rescued.

Episode #102Z

KQED Life: Fri, May 13, 2016 -- 9:53 PM

Can anyone help self-harming Roothi, an orangutan with real issues? After his terrifying fall Sumanto's health takes a turn for the worse, and the rescue team race to save several orangutans at risk one battles through miles of muddy roads hoping to save a young orangutan held illegally in a tiny crate, another searches for an orangutan seen dangerously close to a village school.

Episode #101Z

KQED Life: Fri, May 13, 2016 -- 9:00 PM

After months of planning, a handful of rescued orangutans are flying to freedom. On board are Mama Abut and her baby, found starving in an oil palm plantation but nursed back to health at the Centre, which is home to 600 rescued orangutans babies in the nursery needing 24-hour care, orphans in Forest School learning the skills they will need in the wild, and older ones almost ready for release. After a terrifying fall at the Centre, Sumanto fights for his life, while deep in the jungle the rescue team has to think fast when a powerful male decides he would rather not be rescued.

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