Uckfield charity launches orangutan book

Uckfield-based charity International Animal Rescue has launched a book to tie in with International Orangutan Day on August 19.orangutan-rescue-book

The book is called Orangutan Rescue which tells the emotive story of efforts to save the primate from extinction.

International Animal Rescue has spent the past six years creating a sanctuary in a remote part of Borneo that is home to nearly 100 young orangutans who have been injured or orphaned by the relentless march of palm oil manufacturers who have been decimating forest habitats.

The coffee-table book, illustrated with hundreds of full-colour photographs, shows how the dedicated veterinary staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to protect the future of the primate with the nearest DNA to man.

Orangutan Rescue is written by animal welfare pioneers Sean Whyte, who has spent 25 years raising internatonal awareness of the desperate plight of orangutans, and Alan Knight, chief executive if IAR who was awarded an OBE for his services to animal welfare.

The book gives readers a unique insight into the highs and lows of rescuing and rehabilitating this species with the eventual aim of returning them to their protected forest homes.

It describes how the clinic near the small town of Ketapang in West Kalimantan, came into existence but it is the orangutans who are the stars of the story with many becoming worldwide internet sensations as their rescue and progress back to health is followed on the social media.

Priced at £20, the 144-page book will be available in September with royalties going to the IAR charity. An Ebook version will also be available at £9.99.

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