Do you know that people and orangutans share about 96 % of their DNA? Sadly, the apes’ human-like traits and intelligence have contributed to their reputation as points of interest in zoos and leisure parks worldwide, which is, in flip, contributing to the species’ quickly declining inhabitants.
A brand new documentary titled Eyes of the Orangutan explores this troubling aspect of wildlife tourism, whereas additionally celebrating the people’ closest family. As a profitable enterprise, wildlife tourism is estimated to be value round US$250 billion per yr — which comes at a price of the animals.
The documentary is hosted by Aaron Gekoski, an award-winning environmental photojournalist specializing in human-animal battle, who discovered of a serious undercover bust in Jakarta focusing on orangutan smugglers that was headed by an animal welfare group and a particular unit from the Indonesian Police. Eyes of The Orangutan was 4 years within the making, throughout which Gekoski launched into the investigation together with director Chris Scarffe and cinematographer Will Foster-Grundy.
The documentary is produced by Terra Mater Factual Studios, the studio behind The Ivory Sport (2016) and Sea of Shadows (2019).
You’ll be able to be part of the unique on-line premiere this coming Sunday, which will likely be held in two periods at 4pm Western Indonesian Time (WIB) (10AM BST) or Monday, 12am WIB (6pm BST). The occasion is freed from cost, and you’ll register on the Eyes of the Orangutan website.
There will likely be a dialogue and Q&A session within the occasion, which will likely be hosted by actress and conservationist Shannon Elizabeth, together with friends together with Gekoski, Scarffe, Jakarta Animal Help Community (JAAN) co-founder Femke den Haas, in addition to Borneo Orangutan Survival Basis’s CEO Dr. Jamartin Sihite, amongst others.
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