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Monkey World - Orange Hooligans

Duration: 1 x 52'

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In this endearing special we follow the wonderful world of Monkey World’s European Crèche and their loveable little Orphan Orangutans. 

From nurturing new lives to mending years of damage - this is the story of the Orange Hooligans! We follow these tiny tots on their big adventure, where little hearts are mended through friendships and foster moms. 

This is a tale with the common themes of parenting, child development, family politics and personalities, but these characters are very hairy, fairly unpredictable, hugely loveable and very orange!

Monkey World's European Crèche was set up 15 years ago to care for baby orangutans from across Europe who had been orphaned, or rejected by their mothers, we follow the story behind why the crèche was created, and some of the crazy characters that have found a home, and family there. 

Since opening its doors the crèche has taken on 12 vulnerable orphans, and each charismatic little character arrives with their own particular set of needs. The parks primate care staff hand rear the babies until they are old enough to join the crèche full time and then the foster mums take over looking out for the youngsters.  The ultimate goal is get the orphans to develop strong social bonds with other orangutans, so there’s lots of playtime for these little hooligans. 

But the crèche isn’t just about caring for loveable little orangutans, it was set up by Monkey World to solve a big problem. Female orangutans, who are orphans themselves, tend to reject their babies as they don’t know how to look after them, this is known as the cycle of abandonment. And there’s great excitement at the park when two adult females, who graduated from the crèche, become mum’s and raise their babies.

 

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