Orangutans are gravely threatened to extinction due to habitat destruction (logging, farming, gold mining) and poaching for pet trade. When poached, mothers are killed, and if baby survives fall of mother from tree, the baby is taken by poachers.

Mari came to the Center for Great Apes from a research facility in Georgia where she was part of a language and cognition study. Mari worked with lexigrams, mazes, puzzles, and memory tasks.

Mari is a very unusual orangutan in that she has no arms. In spite of this, Mari is a very capable orangutan. She uses her chin to hoist herself up, uses her feet as we would our hands, and she walks upright (or rolls when she wants to get somewhere quickly).

The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been retired from the entertainment industry or research facilities. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care.

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