(click on the picture to see more images) Indonesia’s Sumatran orangutan is under severe threat from the incessant and ongoing depletion and fragmentation of the rainforest. As palm oil and rubber plantations, logging, road construction, mining, hunting continue to proliferate, orangutans are being forced out of their natural rainforest habitat. Some organizations rescue orangutans in difficulty (lost, injured, captive...) while others like the SOCP (Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme) cares for, rehabilitates and resocializes orangutans at their purpose-built medical facility. These pictures shows them in their daily life in the clinic and quarantine center while saving orangutans lives with the final goal to reintroduce them into the wild and to create genetically viable populations in protected forests. .
Published in National Geographic Holland/Belgium edition.
The series has been awarded two 1st Prize World Press Photo in 2020 in Nature Stories category and in Nature Single category, and 1st Prize single at POYI in Science and Natural History category.