Among the great apes, orangutans are the mystery primates. People are familiar with chimpanzees and gorillas, but the reclusive orangutan is far less well know or understood. In the last 20 years, however, there has been more study and more attention paid to orangutan captive management. Fifty zoos in North America have orangutans on exhibit, and producer Neenah Ellis visits the orangutans at the National Zoo in Washington, DC, and orangutan experts at Zoo Atlanta for a consideration of captive management and the role that zoos are playing in keeping the endangered orangutans alive.
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