Orangutans, native to the rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra, are in an increasingly desperate struggle for survival, their habitats threatened by illegal agricultural fires and local populations. The fires diminish the orangutans' habitats and often they can't escape the flames. They are further at risk because of poaching.
In this photo, a team from International Animal Rescue (IAR) Human Orangutan Conflict Rescue Unit worked to save the life of a severely malnourished mother orangutan and her baby in Borneo, in September 2015. Forced out of their forest home as a result of fires raging for several days, they ended up in a village, where frightened villagers threw things at the terrified mother before attempting to capture and tie her up. The rescue team quickly anaesthetized the mother with her baby clinging on tightly.
The organization was able relocate the pair to a safe area of a protected rainforest, where they can be monitored by a conservation team to ensure that they are recovering well from their ordeal. IAR has rescued six orangutans in just a few weeks this year.