The forest school is run cooperatively by an Indonesian organization called Jejak Pulang, which Preuschoft established in partnership with the Indonesian government, and Four Paws, an international animal welfare organization based in Vienna. “Jejak Pulang” translates from Indonesian, fittingly, as, “Footprints of the way home.” Four Paws provides Jejak Pulang with enough funding to take on up to 30 orangutan orphans in its 240-hectare (590-acre) forest school, with the aim of reintroducing them back to the forest.
“It’s wonderful to work with young living beings that are every day improving,” Preuschoft said. “They are so brave. They always want to make the most of what they have got.”