"It's clear we are losing the orangutans if nothing changes, so the present trend is directly towards extinction and, in three years from now, less than 1000 days, it will be too late."..
Orangutans, which share 97 per cent of humans' DNA, have an advanced brain and the ability to understand language, and they experience many human emotions.
Unlike humans and chimpanzees, orangutans are not inherently aggressive; rather, they are more peaceful and altruistic creatures. "The world would be a lot better place if we humans were a bit more like orangutans," Smits says
A Race Against Time
Willie Smits in Australia this week