Monkey World assists governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild.

At the Centre refugees of this illegal trade as well as those that have suffered abuse or neglect are rehabilitated into natural living groups.

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Tuan's Orang-utans

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Tuan

Tuan is a male orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus) who arrived at the park on 24/01/02. We estimate that he was born during 1987. Tuan was found wandering loose in Táichung City, Taiwan and it took 3 days to capture him. He will have been smuggled from the wild as a baby and kept as an illegal pet until he escaped from his previous owners. Tuan has now fathered three babies at the park; Hsiao-ning, Kai, and Dinda.

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A-mei

A-mei is a female orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus) who arrived at the park on 03/03/04 and we estimate that she was born during 1994. She was smuggled from the wilds of Borneo for the illegal pet trade in Taiwan. Taiwanese authorities confiscated A-mei and she was cared for at the Pingtung Rescue Centre before being re-homed at the park. A-mei had terrible dental problems when she came to the park and has had two operations to remove and root-fill infected teeth.

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Lucky

Lucky is a female orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus) who was smuggled from the wilds of Borneo for the illegal pet trade in Taiwan. She was confiscated by the Taiwanese Authorities from an amusement arcade in Kaoshiung county. Lucky arrived at the park on 21/07/01 and we estimate that she was born during 1995. When she first arrived Lucky was a quiet female, but as she has matured she has developed quite a dominant character.

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RoRo

RoRo is a female orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus) who arrived at Monkey World on 19/07/2000. We estimate she was born during 1988. RoRo was smuggled from the wild and kept as a pet, in a cage, in the kitchen of someone’s house in Taiwan. She was rescued by the Taiwanese Authorities and sent to us to become part of our breeding programme for orang-utans. In Chinese “RoRo” means “tender”. In 2003 RoRo gave birth to Hsiao-ning, and Dinda in 2006 at Monkey World as part of the EEP (European Breeding Programme).

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Awan

Awan is a female orang-utan that was born at the park on 02/05/12. Her father is Tuan and her mother is Hsiao-lan. However when she was seen for the first time it was Hsiao-quai that was carrying the baby. Awan was taken from Hsiao-quai to see if Hsiao-lan would take her baby and care for her, but she was not interested. Awan was given back to Hsiao-quai, who is a wonderful mother and was already feeding her 3 year old son, Jin. Awan means "cloud" in Indonesian.