A staff member conducts a medical exam on a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun pellets embedded in his body at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Center in Indonesia on Wednesday. The orangutan was rescued the day before. The center has cared for over 280 orangutans rescued from palm oil plantations, poachers and pet owners and over 200 have been reintroduced into the wild. The critically-endangered primate population is dwindling rapidly due to poaching and rapid destruction of their forest habitat as it is converted into palm oil plantations.
First published April 17 2014, 7:02 AM