17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest
Saving Orangutans 19
At dawn, veterinarian Pandu crosses the Krueng Aceh river in a small boat carrying Diana, an 8-year-old female orangutan, for a final release. Having been domesticated, Diana had difficulty adjusting to forest food and on her last visit to the clinic, they discovered she had malaria that required a blood transfusion. Since, she has been on a strict diet of leaves but it remains to be seen if she will successfully adapt to the jungle this time.
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||Nov. 29, 2019, 4:32 p.m.