Ape & E: Heartbreaking footage shows endangered sumatran orangutans being cared for in ape hospital
This heart-breaking footage shows endangered Sumatran orangutans being cared for after their habitat is destroyed.
One baby ape is left with tubes running out of its nose after collapsing from dehydration and being rescued from the Sumatran rainforest.
Other pictures show orphaned babies quarantined behind bars after their parents have been caught up in forest fires.
The touching photos were taken by Craig Jones, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, while following charities around the Indonesian island.
Craig, 40, said: “Seeing the deforestation in real-life is painful.
“On television and in films it looks like you can just walk through – but in reality there’s no end.
“I have been fascinated by orangutans since I was a small boy and want to highlight their plight.
“To use my photographs for the good of a creature I’ve loved for so long is a dream come true.”
Sumatran orang-utans are critically endangered, and are even rarer than their Borneo counterparts.
Their habitats in the north of the island is being lost at an extremely high rate because of fires and the conversion of forests to oil palm plantations.
Craig works with the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) and Sumatran Orangutan Conversation Programme (SOPC) in trying to protect these great apes.
On December 13, a new law was passed to ensure palm oil is labelled separately, not just under the vegetable oil umbrella.
Craig said: “It’s a big win for orangutans and their survival in the wild.
“Now the public will be able to make a conscious decision about buying palm oil or not.
“Fingers crossed if they know what chaos the production causes they’ll think twice.”