2nd Annual Pongo Environmental Awards and Fundraiser
25 July 2015 - Santa Monica, CA - Notable environmental achievements and the people behind those accomplishments will be honored during the Second Annual Pongo Environmental Awards and Fundraiser in Beverly Hills, CA on September 26, 2015. Organized by Orang Utan Republik Foundation, the event was rebranded in 2014 to expand the range of environmental honorees that have contributed significantly to not only orangutans but to the entire biosphere. The fundraiser portion is one of the ways OURF raises funds for its various programs of education and community engagement in Indonesia where the largest remaining population of orangutans still live in the wild. The public is invited to attend the event which will feature actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr., and other fascinating guests as well as the Pongo award honorees.
If you can't join in person, you can participate online at our charity auction, at http://stores.ebay.com/auctioncausestore/orang-utan-republik
How Kusasi's cheek pads made him 'King' at Camp Leakey
by Graham Banes, Ph.D
I can only imagine what Tanjung Puting was like in 1978, a decade before I was born. Today, this National Park in Indonesian Borneo is a bustling tourist attraction, with dozens – sometimes hundreds – of visitors sailing hours upriver on motorized longboats, or kelotoks, before hauling themselves out into the jungle. They come to see the orang-utans, and largely at Camp Leakey, a former reintroduction and rehabilitation site for these endangered primates. It is, in many senses, spoiled by decades of exploitation – not least by these abundant Western tourists, many of whom take little notice of the rules that are there to protect all apes, both human and orange. On August 22nd 1978, however, the Camp was not overrun with Westerners. On that day, there was only one.
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