The CBS News magazine 60 Minutes II, broadcast a report featuring the orangutan’s plight, Camp Leakey and Dr Galdikas on January 2nd.

“The Last Place on Earth: The closest living relatives to humankind are the great apes, gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans. Their DNA is about 95 percent the same as man. Does that mean apes have anything to tell us about being human? In the case of the orangutan you’ll be surprised.

“What we know about the orangutan is largely due to one woman. Dr. Biruté Galdikas left UCLA for Borneo 30 years ago and never looked back. The apes she studies once ranged from China through the South Pacific. But today they’re cornered on just two islands, Borneo and Sumatra – both part of Indonesia.

“Now the woman who discovered how orangutans live is watching them descend toward extinction. As Scott Pelley reports, the apes who seem so human are losing, what is for them, the last place on earth.”

You can see transcripts of the programme by following these links…

The Last Place on Earth
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2001/01/02/60II/main260977.shtml

The Mother of All Orangutans
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1999/07/14/48hours/main54343.shtml

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