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Available on DVD from PBS Distribution October 2nd

Arlington, Va. – August 30, 2012 – PBS Distribution today announced it is releasing “ORANGUTAN DIARIES” on DVD. Deep in the Borneo rainforest, a dedicated team of veterinarians and caregivers has a massive and emotional task ahead of them: rescuing and nursing the jungle’s most vulnerable animals back to health. Currently there are approximately 600 orangutans being cared for day and night at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation Centre. Most have had traumatic lives, clinging to survival as rainforests are burned around them, while others are snatched from the wild to be sold as pets. Everyday is a challenge for the team as they care for the orphans and deal with the human crises of life in a rainforest hospital. “ORANGUTAN DIARIES” will be available on DVD October 2, 2012. The run time of the program is 250 minutes on two discs. The SRP for the DVD is $29.99.

“ORANGUTAN DIARIES” features stories of hope as this dedicated team attempts to save these fragile animals. During the course of the film, the team introduces the newest and smallest orangutan, baby Arnold, and races through miles and miles of muddy roads hoping to save a young orangutan held illegally in a tiny crate. Sumanto takes a terrifying fall at the centre and fights for his life, while massive male Hercules, the hairiest orangutan you will ever meet, heads off for his annual leave on a river island.

Lone Droscher Nielson, the centre’s director, is always looking for places where rescued orangutans can be released back into the wild and finally finds a refuge in the heart of Borneo. After months of planning, a handful of rescued orangutans are able to fly away to freedom, including Mama Abut and her baby, found starving on an oil palm plantation but nursed back to health at the centre. Later, the confiscation team sets off on the most demanding rescue yet, with one of the technicians risking his life in a death-defying climb to get Bonny back where she belongs. “ORANGUTAN DIARIES” is an emotional roller coaster ride into the heart of the rainforest that presents an inside look at the lives of these animals on the edge.

Underwriters: Public Television Viewers and PBS
Producer: BBC Worldwide and Santa Fe Productions
Executive producer: Sara Ford
Producer: Simon Bell
Directors: Rowan Musgrave and Roger Webb

About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally. Jointly owned by PBS (Arlington, VA) and WGBH (Boston, MA), PBS Distribution extends the reach of public television programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system and our production partners.

PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns’s films (Prohibition, The National Parks, The War, Baseball, Jazz), documentaries from award-winning series NOVA (The Elegant Universe, Origins), FRONTLINE (God in America, Bush’s War, Growing Up Online), and American Experience (Freedom Riders, We Shall Remain), dramas from Masterpiece (Downton Abbey, Jane Eyre, Inspector Lewis), films from independent producers (Easy Yoga for Arthritis, The Buddha, The Story of India, Carrier, Journey into Buddhism, I.O.U.S.A.), and popular children’s programming from Dinosaur Train, Super Why!, WordGirl, Cyberchase, Martha Speaks, and Arthur. As a multi-channel distributor, PBS Distribution pursues wholesale/retail sales, consumer and educational sales through PBS- branded catalogs and online shops, and international broadcast and video sales. PBS distribution is also a leader in offering programming through digital platforms including the internet, mobile, and web-connected television.

Street Date: October 2, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 250 Minutes on Two Discs
SRP: $29.99
Format: DVD

Our Review: 
My daughter surprises me when I am least expecting it. When the Orangutan Diaries DVD set arrived, DD looked at the cover and said "Mommy, let's watch Orangutan!" I asked her how she knew that's what they were called and she said that she learned about them from school. She then started telling some some facts about them. So, I told her that we should watch the DVDs together and see if what she remembers about  them is what we see in the documentary. If you have a kid who loves animals, I highly recommend picking up this DVD set. You get to watch these amazing creatures interact with one another up close. In the film, DD got to see a baby Orangutan named Arnold. The rescuing team follows it for miles in order to save it from a crate where it was being kept illegally.  Of course, you also get to meet the members of the rescuing team and learn what the type of work they do in order to save as well as care for the orangutans.

This DVD set will be available for purchase on October 2, 2012.

*I received a free product (or products) for review purposes. I did not receive any form of compensation from the company. All opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway. My reviews are not always positive, but they are my personal and honest opinions. Other people's views and experiences with the product or products might be different from mine


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