Wild Orphans

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Wild Orphans (2011)


Olivia Mokiejewski, French television presenter, journalist and ambassador for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, takes us around the world to meet baby orphans of endangered species. She investigates the reasons behind their abandonment and how they can be rescued. If we save the babies, can we save the species?

In Borneo, baby orangutans are illegally captured by local farmers and then sold for up to $1,000 on the Indonesian market. Deep in the Peruvian Amazon, the woolly monkey is threatened by deforestation whereas in the African Savannah, elephant poaching is thriving once again. Sick, hurt and often traumatized, we follow these young mammals as they are reeducated in captivity until ready to be released into the wild.

A deeply moving series that helps us grasp the stakes and the urgency of saving species from extinction.

Episode List

Little Cindy, a young orphaned orangutan, is held in captivity by local villagers. What are the chances that one day she will return to her forest?
53 minutes
Rescuing cheetahs in Nimibia is challenging, in part because the virgin territories vast enough for the cheetah’s survival have become extremely rare.
52 minutes
Olivia works to re-socialize Tota and Hector, two woolly monkeys, so they can return to their natural habitat high up in the forest’s canopy.
50 minutes
Olivia joins a team of medical aides and rangers in their urgent mission to rescue Kitirua, a one-and-a-half-year-old baby elephant.
52 minutes

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