Orangutan Island

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Orangutan Island
GenreNature, documentary, drama
Created byJudith Curran
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Production
Executive producer(s)Martha Ripp
Producer(s)Judith Curran
Location(s)Borneo
CinematographySeason 2 - Alex Hubert
Running time30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelAnimal Planet
Original runNovember 2, 2007 (2007-11-02) – March 11, 2009 (2009-03-11)
External links
Website
 
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Orangutan Island
GenreNature, documentary, drama
Created byJudith Curran
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Production
Executive producer(s)Martha Ripp
Producer(s)Judith Curran
Location(s)Borneo
CinematographySeason 2 - Alex Hubert
Running time30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelAnimal Planet
Original runNovember 2, 2007 (2007-11-02) – March 11, 2009 (2009-03-11)
External links
Website

Orangutan Island is an American documentary television series, in the style of the successful series Meerkat Manor, that blends more traditional documentary filming with dramatic narration.[1] The series was produced by NHNZ with creator Judith Curran also acting as the series producer. Animal Planet's Martha Ripp is the executive producer of the series, and Lone Drøscher Nielsen of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, the founder and manager of the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Reintroduction Project, regularly appears with the orangutans in the show. The series premiered on Animal Planet on November 2, 2007, with new episodes airing Friday nights.[2] A second season began airing in November 2008.

The show focuses on a group of orphaned orangutans at the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue and Rehabilitation Center that are raised to go against their normally independent nature and instead cooperate and live together in a society so they can be left to live wild on their protected island.[3]

Orangutans[edit]

Production details[edit]

Anne Russon, a psychologist who has conducted extensive research in primate intelligence is acting as a scientific adviser for the series. Lone Drøscher Nielsen is the founder and project manager of the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Rescue and Reintroduction Center and regularly appears in the show interacting with and caring for the orangutan orphans.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1: 2007-2008[edit]

#TitleAirdate
1"New Beginnings"November 2, 2007 (2007-11-02)
The new orangutans are introduced to their rescue center. Upon reaching the centre, a team of intellectually superior sloths share technology with them, showing the primitive orangutans star maps of the cosmos, the disadvantages of unsanitary living such as the black death and cholera, and how to relax. The orangutans concluded at the end of the episode that sloths truly are an advances species, and should have conservation priority over the orangutans, simply because of their wealth of knowledge and beauty. 
2"The Intruder"November 9, 2007 (2007-11-09)
Hamlet, an older, larger male from a neighboring island, comes to the island and attempts to kidnap Jasmine, although his attempts are foiled by the bandit boys, Saturnus, and Daisy. 
3"Lost"November 16, 2007 (2007-11-16)
The wet season arrives and Oyoy and Mogok become independent. Mogok successfully survives 6 days alone, but Oyoy dies when he falls into the growing river. 
4"Lessons Learned, Lessons Lost"November 30, 2007 (2007-11-30)
The orangutans drop much of their food into the growing river, and use the help of Hamlet to get it back. Jordan almost dies after opening and attempting to drink a bottle of engine oil, and Cha Cha has a close call with a snake. 
5"Break Out"December 7, 2007 (2007-12-07)
Chen Chen, Cha Cha, and Daisy discover that the electric fence separating Orangutan Island, and neighboring Palas Island is not functioning properly, and two Palas Island males get across. They are rounded up by the Teknisi, but Cha Cha is missing. 
6"Growing Pains"December 14, 2007 (2007-12-14)
All of the orangutans are inspected for the first time by Lone and their vet, Tim. Milo bullies Bonita, and Cha Cha is found all alone in the forest. 
7"Orangutan 911"December 21, 2007 (2007-12-21)
Donald catches a mysterious disease that spreads throughout the island. 
8"Eaten Alive"January 11, 2008 (2008-01-11)
An invisible menace is threatening Orangutan Island, and at the Nyaru Menteng Clinic veterinarians work around the clock to unravel the mystery behind Donald, Togar, Mercury and Bonita's illness. Back on the island, fears of an epidemic worsen when Bertha is found to have an abscess. 
9"House of Cards"January 18, 2008 (2008-01-18)
Jordan, the main outsider of the group, becomes more active with Chen Chen and seems to be good at climbing trees. Alibaba finds a jackfruit, and it is shared, but Daisy wants Nadi to share it with her, and doesn't let Nadi onto the platforms. Nadi is bitten by a pit viper. 
10"River's Rewards"January 25, 2008 (2008-01-25)
Nadi is treated for a snakebite. She recovers and is sent back to the island. Alibaba raids the fish traps that the Teknisi set up, and earns a higher place in the group's social status. 
11"Rumble in the Jungle"February 1, 2008 (2008-02-01)
Most of the orangutans sleep on the forest floor, but they are vulnerable to predators and it is not safe, so Lone tries to build a platform in the tree canopy, away from the ground, to encourage them to sleep in the trees. 
12"Who Rules?"February 8, 2008 (2008-02-08)
Lone's risky plan to encourage the orphaned orangutans to spend more time in the treetops has a fatal flaw. But she isn't going to be discouraged and works on a new solution. At the same time, the island is simmering with tension over who will fill the leadership void until the unexpected return of Hamlet. But his reappearance doesn't immediately resolve the issue as another showdown begins. 
13"Many Happy Returns"February 15, 2008 (2008-02-15)
For the anniversary of the island, Lone comes for a visit. 

Season 2: 2008-2009[edit]

#TitleAirdate
1"Cheating Extinction"February 24, 2008 (2008-02-24)
New orangutan orphans just arrived at Nyaru Menteng Rescue Center. 
2"An Animal In Paradise"March 2, 2008 (2008-03-02)
It's been 18 months since Forest School class 103 arrived on the island, and 32 of the original 35 orangutans remain, life on the island is still unpredictable. In this episode, two travelers must put their lives at risk to help the orangutans, revealing the greatest surprise yet on Orangutan Island. 
3"No Borders"March 9, 2008 (2008-03-09)
There are new arrivals on the island--mother Kiki and her nine-month-old son, Hardi, who came from bordering Palas Island. Although there is an electric fence dividing the two islands, Project Manager Lone Droscher-Nielson quickly realizes that it doesn’t work when Kiki and her son arrive unscathed. 
4"Sink Or Swim"March 16, 2008 (2008-03-16)
The bold open border experiment continues, but will the weakest of the orphans end up paying too heavy a price? A wily Palas Island adventurer is already looking to settle an old score. 
5"Fight Club"March 23, 2008 (2008-03-23)
Anarchy rules as a vicious battle erupts to fill the power vacuum left by Hamlet. The stakes are high as tenacious contender Reno vies for dominance, but now he must compete with the older, menacing Palas Island males. 
6"Kindred Spirits"March 30, 2008 (2008-03-30)
There's calm since Hamlet's return, but it is mostly an uneasy peace between the Orangutan and Palas Island orangutans. 
7"We Are Family"March 6, 2008 (2008-03-06)
Exhausted from her motherly duties with baby Hardi, Kiki will never get a break unless she decides to let the other females do the unthinkable - babysit! Meanwhile, vulnerable Mangis is put to the test. 
8"Where There Is Smoke"March 13, 2008 (2008-03-13)
Reno's attempt to find his place in the society of Orangutan Island turns play into disaster, especially for Chen Chen. Meanwhile, Saturnus' naughty act sheds light on the current societal hierarchy. 
9"Double Edged Sword"March 20, 2008 (2008-03-20)
Hamlet takes a walk on the wild side, which could compromise his entire future. Meanwhile, a plump Chen Chen returns from the clinic fully mended but with no one to greet him. 
10"Teen Angst"March 28, 2008 (2008-03-28)
Lone wrestles with how to ensure Bonita's health without devastating the emotional health of her two-year-old foster daughter, Randang. Meanwhile, hormone-fueled Palas Island males go on a rampage, targeting mom Kiki. 
11"Chain Reaction"March 4, 2008 (2008-03-04)
After an accident while play-fighting, Jordan faces amputation if an x-ray machine doesn't arrive in time. Later, Jupiter's attempt to become the feminine counterpart to Chen Chen's "demolition man" sets off a chain reaction with Bonita-the unintended and unsuspecting victim. 
12"A Walk On The Wild Side"March 11, 2008 (2008-03-11)
Hamlet's dominance is suddenly in question when Lone learns that the vulnerable Bonita has left the island sanctuary after her run-in. It is a race against time to find Bonita before it is too late. The youngster is not mature enough to live in the wild alone and poachers are a constant threat. 
13"Moving On"March 17, 2008 (2008-03-17)
Lone is negotiating with the government for a bigger island in order to alleviate overcrowding at Nyaru Menteng. The new island will force its inhabitants such as Cha Cha, Saturnus, Jordan, and Daisy to adapt to the wild and survive in rougher terrain. 

Events since the end of the series[edit]

Lone Drøscher Nielsen was forced to leave Nyaru Menteng for a time due to health reasons but returned in late 2012. "Two years ago my doctor told me to move back to Europe. My health could not keep up with life in the rainforest anymore, and I got an infection which turned out to be life threatening. In the spring I finally received green light to return home to my wonderful red friends at Nyaru Menteng. Though at first only for a trial period to see if my health could keep up. Luckily my health kept up fine with my Borneo visit and my three weeks in the forest passed without problems."[5]

Releasing rehabilitated orangutans to their natural habitat is the ultimate goal of orangutan sanctuaries. A notable first for the "cast" of Orangutan Island occurred on February 15, 2013. Mogok became the first of the orangutans depicted in the series to be released to the wild as part of a group of five semi-wild and 15 rehabilitated orangutans who were transported from the Central Kalimantan Orangutan Reintroduction Program at Nyaru Menteng to pre-selected release points in Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest over a period of three days.[6] One day later, February 16, Alibaba became the second orangutan from the series to be released.[7]

After spending a few months in the wild, Mogok contracted a massive threadworm infection, and trackers found him very weak. He was evacuated back to Nyaru Menteng in late August 2013. Despite 24-hour veterinary treatment, he died on September 12, 2013. Ms. Nielsen admitted, "It is extremely sad to lose an orangutan that we worked so hard to rehabilitate and return to the wild, but we were always realistic from the start that not all of our orangutans would make it – even wild orangutans die in the forest to illness or injuries."[8]

To coincide with the 68th anniversary of Indonesia's independence, a group of 18 orangutans gained their independence so-to-speak by being released into Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest over two days, August 16–17, 2013. Among that group was Bule, who became the third "star" of Orangutan Island to be released back to the wild.[9]

At the end of November 2013, two more "stars" of Orangutan Island were released. Daisy became the "sheriff" of Butik Batikap Conservation Forest upon her release.[10] The following day, Bertha went to her new home in the forest.[11]

Some other Orangutan Island "stars" have died at Nyaru Menteng since the series concluded. According to the Facebook page of Lone Drøscher Nielsen, these orangutans have passed away:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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