THE WORLD’S FIRST DOCUMENTARY ON THE TAPANULI ORANGUTAN AND THEIR HOME

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“THE FIRST GREAT APE SPECIES TO BE DESCRIBED SINCE 1929, AND YET THEY COULD DISAPPEAR SHORTLY AFTER BEING DISCOVERED.”

Dr. Russ Mittermeier , Chief Conservation Officer, Global Wildlife Conservation

“IN 40 YEARS OF RESEARCH, I DON’T THINK I’VE EVER SEEN ANYTHING THIS DRAMATIC.”

Distinguished Professor Bill Laurance , Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science at James Cook University, Australia

“THEY’RE A CRITICALLY ENDANGERED SPECIES AND COULD RAPIDLY GO EXTINCT… WITHOUT URGENT ACTION, THIS COULD BE ECOLOGICAL ARMAGEDDON FOR ONE OF OUR CLOSEST LIVING RELATIVES.”

Distinguished Professor Bill Laurance , Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science at James Cook University, Australia

“IF WE PRESERVE THE BATANG TORU ECOSYSTEM, NOT ONLY DO WE SAFEGUARD THE TAPANULI ORANGUTANS, BUT WE ALSO PROTECT A MYRIAD OF OTHER SPECIES, SOME NEW TO SCIENCE.”

Gabriella Fredriksson , Tapanuli Programme Advisor, PanEco

“HUMANITY IS VERY LUCKY TO BE LIVING WITH THREE ORANGUTAN SPECIES, SOME OF OUR CLOSEST LIVING RELATIVES.”

Dr. Richard W. Wrangham , Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

“LESS THAN 800 TAPANULI ORANGUTANS CURRENTLY REMAIN FRAGMENTED ACROSS FOREST AREAS IN BATANG TORU.”

Matthew Nowak , Biodiversity Monitoring Unit, PanEco/SOCP

“THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW HYDROPOWER DAM WILL HAVE BIG IMPACTS ON THE BATANG TORU RIVER AND DOWNSTREAM COMMUNITIES.”

Arrum Harahap , Tapanuli Programme, Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari

“PERSONALLY, I THINK IT WOULD BE AN ENORMOUS TRAGEDY IF WE WOULD LOSE A SPECIES FOR 510 MEGAWATTS, BUT THAT SEEMS TO BE WHERE IT’S HEADING IF THE GOVERNMENT DON’T CHANGE THEIR PATH.”

Prof. Serge Wich , Natural Sciences and Psychology, John Moores University

“IF WE PRESERVE THE BATANG TORU ECOSYSTEM IT CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE FREE CRUCIAL ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES FOR DOWNSTREAM COMMUNITIES.”

Burhanuddin , Tapanuli Programme Coordinator, Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari

“THE JUSTIFICATION FOR CLASSIFYING TAPANULI ORANGUTANS AS A NEW SPECIES IS AS STRONG AS THE JUSTIFICATION FOR SPLITTING GORILLAS OR CHIMPANZEES.”

Dr. Erin R Vogel , Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University-New Brunswick, New Jersey

“I WAS SURPRISED ABOUT THE EXTENT THE TAPANULI ORANGUTANS DIFFERED FROM THE SUMATRAN AND BORNEAN ORANGUTANS.”

Dr. Marina Davila-Ross , Reader in Comparative Psychology, University of Portsmouth

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