Blue Ant Media 4K wildlife and nature brand Love Nature has commissioned storied in-house producer NHNZ to develop the natural history docusoap Orangutan Jungle School.
The 10 x 60-minute series will follow the lives of a group of orphaned orangutans in their forest school system in Nyaru Menteng, Borneo, Indonesia. Located in the region is the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF), an NGO that manages the largest primate rescue and rehabilitation project in the world.
Orangutan Jungle School will introduce audiences to BOSF’s team as they rescue these great apes that have been displaced from their habitat due to forest destruction, separation from their mothers or kept illegally as pets, and teaches them the skills necessary to return to the wild. The orangutans have a chance for a future of freedom, but they must complete various stages of their education – including five stages of forest school and pre-release islands – which teaches them the essentials for survival.
The docuseries offers insight into the orangutans while highlighting the plight of this endangered species and the fragile ecosystem in which these great apes live.
“Orangutan Jungle School is emblematic of Love Nature’s new commissioning strategy. The series delights with rich characters and entertaining storylines that have broad audience appeal,” said Carlyn Staudt, EVP of programming and development at Love Nature, in a statement. “Our viewers will be captivated by the stories captured at Nyaru Menteng, anchored by the credibility that the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation brings to this important docusoap.”
Orangutan Jungle School is created, executive produced and written by Judith Curran. Kyle Murdoch serves as executive in charge of production, and Anya Durling is head of development. Anna Sand is the executive producer for Blue Ant Media.
Blue Ant International oversees the docusoap’s licensing, which will be featured at MIPTV 2018.
The commission marks one of the first series commissions between Blue Ant’s NHNZ and Love Nature, a Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks joint venture, since Blue Ant’s May 2017 acquisition of New Zealand-based media company The Racat Group, previous home of NHNZ, in an effort to become more of a global content player.