But can a human teach an orangutan how to be an orangutan?
In the wild, infants learn forest survival skills from their mother, who takes care of them for 6-8 years. When an orangutan is orphaned, human surrogates take on the role of teaching them critical skills for life in the wild.
This conservation work in Borneo, known as the Forest School, is allowing orangutans to return to the wild after injury, trauma and the loss of their parents.
Conservationist Jacqui Sunderland-Groves
, will be sharing more about her work with this critically endangered species this Sunday!
Free with museum admission or membership