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    Orangutan Jungle School

    S1 E1 And So It Begins

    It's 7AM in Borneo. For the students at one of the world's most unusual schools, that means class is in session. Under threat from poachers and deforestation, orangutans are on the brink of extinction. But thanks to the efforts of the teachers at Nyaru Menteng, these youngsters still have a chance in the wild. Follow a group of orphaned orangutans as they learn the skills they need to survive.

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At the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue & Rehabilitation Center, the challenges come often and fast, from teaching the orphaned orangutans essential life skills to ensuring the more rambunctious members of the class don't cause too much mayhem. There are fruit kebabs as treats, baby orangutans in diapers, and many other delightful moments. But the future these orphans face is far from certain, as they work to overcome traumatic pasts, learn the skills they need to survive, and progress towards a carefully planned release back into the wild.
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