JoJo was the very first orangutan to be rescued by International Animal Rescue (IAR). In fact, he was the very reason they created the Ketapang Orangutan Rescue Center in 2009. When Dr. Karmele, Director of IAR's operations in Indonesia, first came across JoJo, his condition brought her to tears. He was sitting in an open sewer surrounded by feces and garbage. His ‘owners’ had chained him up on a wooden pallet and his body was hunched over and weak from a lifetime spent in a tiny cage with a diet in no way suitable for an orangutan. He was severely emaciated and the tight chain around his ankle had caused a deep, open wound. He must have been in agony. But despite the horrific living conditions, he still had a sparkle in his eye, so Karmele knew there was still hope for this beautiful soul.
Due to having spent so many years in a small cage with poor nutrition, JoJo developed rickets and does not have full use of his legs. He us unreleasable and will need permanent sanctuary care. Proceeds from his adoptions will help JoJo move into a giant, 1-acre forested enclosure.