Biruté Galdikas started her orang-utan research in 1971 in Borneo. She documented orang-utan diet, reproduction, social interactions, communication, and movement patterns. When orphaned orang-utan babies were brought to her, Galdikas could not refuse taking care of them. She taught them how to live in the wild and released them into the jungle. Her camp developed into a rehabilitation centre. In 1986 Galdikas created Orangutan Foundation International. The organisation rescues captive orang-utans, protects rainforest areas, raises awareness about the plight of the orang-utan, and supports the scientific study of orang-utans and other primates.
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