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Orangutans rescued as haven takes shape in the wilds of Sumatra

Preparation has begun on the orangutan haven following the securing of a 48-hectare site in rainforest near the city of Medan, on Sumatra.

An initial batch of three orangutans will be placed in the sanctuary, which will feature a series of small islands separated by water. Orangutans, which are scared by the prospect of swimming, will be free to roam their individualised islands, which will feature trees, feeding platforms and problem-solving puzzles.

It is hoped that further disabled orangutans will be able to join the initial trio once the haven is completed.