Now Or Never (2019)

Now Or Never tells the story of the rarest great ape in the world, the Tapanuli Orangutan and how they face extinction due to their home in Sumatra is being destroyed by humanity's drive for ever more cheap energy.


Matt Senior


Matt Senior
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Now Or Never tells the story of the Batang Toru Forest, which lies in North Sumatra, Indonesia. It is a forest like no other, and remains largely unexplored. Batang Toru is also the one and only home for the most endangered great ape species in the world - the newly identified Tapanuli Orangutans. For thousands of years these orangutans have experienced a tranquil existence in this rich rainforest, alongside countless other fascinating species. The local people living adjacent to Batang Toru have also lived comfortably for generations, surviving from the precious water created by the forest. But now, everything is changing - The global population is growing, and the natural world is suffering, including Batang Toru. Plans have been put in place for a human development to be built in the heart of Batang Toru, where the highest number of Tapanuli Orangutans reside. This development is estimated to be completed in the next few years. If it is built, it will affect countless human lives ... Written by Matt Senior

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The world's first documentary on the rarest great ape species, the Tapanuli Orangutan, and their Sumatran forest home. Is there any way to save them before it is too late?


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The Tapanuli Orangutan was identified as an entirely new species in November 2017, the first great ape to be identified as a new species in almost 100 years. They are found only in the Batan Toru forest in Sumatra, and there are less than 800, making the Tapanuli Orangutan the rarest great ape on the planet. See more »

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English | Indonesian

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2019 (UK) See more »

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Batang Toru, Sumatra, Indonesia See more »


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GBP6,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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