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Fighting for the survival of the species for the past 18 years at the Nyaru Menteng orangutan rehabilitation and rescue center, Danish-born Lone Dröscher Nielsen is the “mother” and caretaker of more than 600 orangutan orphans on the island of Borneo in Indonesia.


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Lone is about to release her oldest and most skilled rehabilitated “kids” For the first time. They will be released in a piece of primordial rain forest hundreds of miles away from the secure islands where they have spent the last 10 years. Lone is worried.

Has she taught the orangutans the skills they need well enough for them to survive, or will they struggle and perhaps die of starvation? It is time for Lone’s hard work to be put to the test.

Meanwhile Lone is struggling to come to terms with her new life in Wales, Europe and finding her place in the project, now she is no longer Chief of the center in Borneo.

After falling ill in 2010, Lone has returned to civilization after many years in the rainforest. Now she must learn to live among human beings and be as comfortable with people as she is with animals. She is trying to adjust to a normal European lifestyle, but it is not easy: she misses her life in the rain forest with the orangutans.

Director Anna Katrin Nørgaard
Producer Bjarke Ahlstrand
Produced by DR
Duration 58 min.
Year of Production 2013
Original Title Lone & orangutangerne - Tilbage til friheden