Forest fires have decimated the Indonesian rainforest over the past few years, particularly in West Borneo, where orangutans have been severely victimized as their habitats are engulfed in flames. Thankfully, animal rescuers have been hard at work to save the burned and injured survivors, including Mata and Mynah, who were discovered last year by International Animal Rescue.

In this video, IAR illustrates the incredible and intense release operation, bringing these orangutans back to the wild in the National Park, after a year of rehabilitation. After hours of driving to reach the final destination, it became abundantly clear that Mata and Mynah have been anticipating this day for quite a long time. They both swiftly climbed up a tree as soon as their cages were opened and began foraging and eating, celebrating their joyful return to the wild.

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Mata and Mynah are just two of the incredible 50 orangutans rescued by IAR from the ravaged Borneo forest. While rescue teams are doing all they can to save the species, thousands of them are dying from habitat destruction. The rainforest across these islands has declined by over 80 percent in the past two decades alone, primarily because of  palm oil production. While we’re so glad IAR and other rescue teams are there to help these animals, we wish their work wasn’t needed. We can all play a part in helping to save orangutans by reducing our dependence on palm oil. Rather than choosing items that contain palm oil, opt for an alternative.

Check out these resources for more information on palm oil and how to cut palm oil out of your life.

To learn more about IAR or help support their incredible rescue efforts, click here.

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