1 May 2013 - Santa Monica, CA.  Orangutan experts Leif Cocks and Gary Shapiro want you to "Hang Out for Orangutans" (and with them) as they give a series of illustrated lectures together in cities around the United States during mid-June 2013. Both men have dedicated large portions of their lives to understanding, conserving and managing the orangutan. Cocks was the head orangutan keeper and then Curator in Perth Zoo for 25 years and Shapiro was the first person to teach sign language to free-ranging orangutans in the late 1970s. 

HangOutForOrangutansToday both have non-profit foundations (The Orangutan Project and Orang Utan Republik Foundation) that focus on saving orangutans in Borneo and Sumatra and have collaborated on conservation education projects. They will share their unique observations and insights about the great red ape as well as the current status of the orangutan with the public. They will be joined by Garry Sundin from Orangutan Odysseys to inform people about how ecotourism can help orangutan conservation, as well as Orangutan Odysseys' upcoming Trans Borneo Challenge.


Their USA lecture tour, part of a larger world tour, will take them to the following cities on the planned dates of: New Orleans, LA: June 15; Wauchula, FL: June 16;  Miami, FL: June 17 & 18; Charleston, SC: June 19; Philadelphia, PA: June 21; Los Angeles, CA: June 23; San Diego, CA: June 24; Fresno, CA: June 26; and Auburn, CA: June 28. For more information about locations and times for their lectures, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .