Love Nature’s latest original miniseries Becoming Orangutan (3 x 60′; 4K) gives audiences an intimate look inside the world’s largest orangutan rehabilitation centre in Nyaru Menteng, Borneo, where orphaned apes are nurtured by specially trained caregivers from the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF). Produced by NHNZ Worldwide, Becoming Orangutan delves deeper into the wild world of Love Nature’s highest-rated original series, Orangutan Jungle School, with new insights and never-before-seen footage of the young apes-turned-TV-superstars as they learn the ropes, make friends and navigate the emotional journey from nursery to graduation. Becoming Orangutan premieres Saturday, August 20 with back-to-back episodes beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Love Nature in Canada. Love Nature is also available on Prime Video and Apple TV in Canada with Becoming Orangutan available to stream in its entirety from August 20.
Dr. Jamartin Sihite, Chief Executive Officer of the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation, stated: “Since the launch of Orangutan Jungle School in August 2019, thousands have been drawn into the world of orangutans. I am confident that Becoming Orangutan will again inspire people around the world as it shares the inspiring stories of the orphaned orangutans who are working everyday to beat the odds.” He continued, “Now, with the launch of ‘Love Nature Gives Back’ viewers can go beyond just connecting and empathizing with their orange ape cousins to also play an active role in the future of orangutan conservation. At this critical time for orangutans, we are delighted to take this collaboration to a whole new level.”
Becoming Orangutan features more adorable footage from Orangutan Jungle School and the fuzzy preschoolers, adventurous toddlers and naughty teens who navigate the school curriculum with the hopes of one day roaming free. The miniseries provides an in-depth look at how friendship and interspecies bonds can be the difference between success and failure. Becoming Orangutan also examines human parallels to the young apes’ emotional development, as each primate navigates the stages of growing up with the help of human surrogate mothers from the BOS Foundation.
The BOS Foundation established the orangutan jungle school in response to young apes becoming displaced due to illegal pet trade and their rainforest habitats being destroyed by the palm oil industry. Although the foundation strives to protect Indonesia’s unique jungle ecosystems, an estimated 70% of all wild orangutans in Borneo live outside of protected areas. With the population of orangutans dwindling every single day, Love Nature has joined forces with the BOS Foundation to play an active role in orangutan conservation. Visit Love Nature Gives Back to learn more about Becoming Orangutan and how to help these young primates and support the BOS Foundation.