A Rare Look at the Secret Life of Orangutans

In the vanishing lowland rainforests of Borneo, new research is underway to uncover and understand the unique cultural behaviors in wild orangutans. Photographer Tim Laman, researcher Cheryl Knott, and National Geographic Young Explorer Robert Suro have documented rarely-seen behaviors such as making pillows, fashioning umbrellas, and displaying regional greetings. In Person of the Forest, go deep into the forest for a rare look at the secretive world of these great apes. With habitats disappearing at an alarming rate, the team hopes their research will help to protect this critically endangered species before it’s too late.

Visit SaveGpOrangutans.org for more on the Gunung Palung Orangutan Project and follow filmmakers Tim Laman, Melissa Lesh, and Trevor Beck Frost. Research grants made possible by the National Geographic Society.

For more, go behind-the-scenes in "Inside the Private Lives of Orangutans," read an interview in "Orangutans Are More Like Us Than You Think," and catch "Mission Critical: Orangutans on the Edge" on Nat Geo WILD.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

A Rare Look at the Secret Life of Orangutans

In the vanishing lowland rainforests of Borneo, new research is underway to uncover and understand the unique cultural behaviors in wild orangutans. Photographer Tim Laman, researcher Cheryl Knott, and National Geographic Young Explorer Robert Suro have documented rarely-seen behaviors such as making pillows, fashioning umbrellas, and displaying regional greetings. In Person of the Forest, go deep into the forest for a rare look at the secretive world of these great apes. With habitats disappearing at an alarming rate, the team hopes their research will help to protect this critically endangered species before it’s too late.

Visit SaveGpOrangutans.org for more on the Gunung Palung Orangutan Project and follow filmmakers Tim Laman, Melissa Lesh, and Trevor Beck Frost. Research grants made possible by the National Geographic Society.

For more, go behind-the-scenes in "Inside the Private Lives of Orangutans," read an interview in "Orangutans Are More Like Us Than You Think," and catch "Mission Critical: Orangutans on the Edge" on Nat Geo WILD.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.