Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

A look inside the orangutan orphanage


This is the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, where orphaned baby apes are cared for by their very own nannies.

Abandoned youngsters are brought into the centre in Kalimantan, Borneo, after their own mothers have left them or been killed by poaching and jungle clearing.

They are often starving and unwell but dedicated nannies are on-hand to nurse them back to health.

These women look after up to six baby orangutans around the clock, feeding them, playing with them and changing their nappies.

The nannies' day starts at around 4am when the infants wake up. They spend the rest of the day feeding them soy milk, teaching them jungle survival skills and comforting them when they become lonely or sick.

"I saw the pain in the orangutans' innocent eyes, of being separated from their mothers," said photographer Regina Safri. "Their soft voice reminded me of an ode of home and how they miss it."

Photos: Barcroft Media, courtesy of Regina Safri/Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation


Meet the latest (inseparable) stars of Instagram

Young girl and devoted puppy win hearts

02 Sep 2015

Hiccuping puppy tries to get rid of them by barking and growling

01 May 2015

Watch as these adorable kittens help stressed out people unwind

14 Nov 2014

Dogs living life in the fast lane

New book captures canines hanging out of windows

21 Oct 2014

Husky puppy gets stuck in a bowl

With incredibly cute results

13 Oct 2014

Watch these adorable red pandas playing

They're on cute duty 24/7

by Victoria Gray
05 Oct 2014

Adorable baby bears klaxon

by Victoria Gray
18 Sep 2014

Photographer captures puppies underwater in adorable new series

17 Sep 2014

Dog named Jimmy Choo is owner's muse for incredible and hilarious pictures

16 Sep 2014

The life and times of a very fashionable little pig named Priscilla

12 Sep 2014