This is the heartbreaking moment a tiny orangutan cries and clings to its mother after a fire ravaged their home in Borneo.
Earlier this month International Animal Rescue (IAR) was alerted that the orangutans had been driven into residential gardens in Tanjung Pura Village, Indonesia.

Forest fires, an increasing problem in recent years, had torn apart their jungle home and it was decided that the apes would be moved to a new safe environment.

Footage shows the rescuers tranquilizing the mother and her baby clinging on to her in fright while the team prepares to carry them off to their new habitat.

Argitoe Ranting, Field Manager of IAR Indonesia, said: ‘The two orangutans were in good condition and didn’t need any further treatment and so we agreed with BKSDA Kalbar to translocate them directly into the forests of Sentap Kancang which is only about three miles away.’

The forest covers an area of more than 40,000 hectares and was chosen not only because of its size but also because it has a plentiful supply of food and the density of the existing orangutan population is quite low.

Although the rescue and release operation was carried out successfully, translocation is not a solution that addresses the root of the problem which is the damage being done to the forest.

Threats to the survival of orangutan populations have increased greatly since fire hit most major regions of Ketapang.

The burning forests left many orangutans without food and shelter, causing them to stray into villages and gardens and increasing the number of encounters and conflicts with humans.

Santa Noor Adirahmanta, Head of the Centre for the Conservation of Natural Resources in West Kalimantan, said: ‘A great deal of conservation work has been carried out in recent years, both by the government and its partners.

‘However, the challenges and problems are increasing and in response, further action needs to be taken. The roots of the problem stem from conflict arising from the fact that not enough attention has been paid to the conservation of wild plants and animals.’

Karmele L Sanchez, Director of IAR Indonesia, added: ‘Conflict arises because orangutans are losing their forest habitat. They go elsewhere in search of food because they have no choice.

‘We are very concerned at seeing how these orangutans are trying to survive when their habitat is being destroyed. We can only hope that human beings will realize that, without forests, it won’t only be orangutans that can’t survive – because the human species will suffer the same fate.’