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International Animal Rescue Celebrates World Animal Day

For World Animal Day, International Animal Rescue (IAR) has put together an assortment of exclusive releases in order to help you celebrate the event.

Firstly, we are releasing our 2016 orangutan calendar! The beautiful images were taken by our very own volunteer coordinator Lisa Burtenshaw and feature an assortment of familiar faces including the likes of Jojo, Gunung, Jemmi, Bujing and Budi. Pick up your copy today in time for the coming holiday season.

Secondly, we will be revealing a variety of stories over on our facebook page, with the aim of increasing awareness and explaining in more depth the scope of work we do at IAR. Head over there throughout the day to keep up-to-date.

Finally, we are pleased to be able to release a short documentary about a number of orangutan releases that took place earlier this year. The documentary centres around the rescue of six orangutans in late 2014. The orangutans were all rescued from newly created palm oil plantations, where the rainforest had been slashed and burned. In the documentary, our Programme Director and Veterinarian in Indonesia, Karmele Llano Sanchez, describes the scene as 'shocking'. In normal circumstances, if the orangutans were fit and healthy they would have been translocated and released straight away. But these orangutans needed to spend time at our centre in order to be restored to health and build up their strength before they were released.

After a couple of months they were deemed fit for release and the journey to their new home took place in February of 2015. IAR would like to thank the Nature Conservation Agency Indonesia (BKSDA) for their assistance during these rescues and releases. To see the release in full and witness the amazing work of our team in Indonesia, watch the video below.