20 February 2015 - Santa Monica, CA - Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) will be holding its first Indonesian fundraiser in Seminyak, Bali on March 6, 2014.  With the title, “Voices for the Jungle,” the event will be held at Warehouse 82, a popular gathering place for artists and musicians on this exotic Indonesian island.  The local public, which includes a large expat community, is invited to attend the evening fundraiser.

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5 January 2015 - greener ideal -   In a move that makes landing on the moon look like child’s play, a court in Argentina has extended the right of habeas corpus to an orangutan jailed in a Buenos Aires zoo.

A lawyer in Argentina filed a writ of habeas corpus, used as a legal means to review cases of unfair imprisonment, on behalf of Sandra, a 28-year-old orangutan said to be so shy she hides in a corner when visitors to the zoo arrive to stare at her through the glass.

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20 November 2014 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - The Straits Times, Asia - The destruction of rainforests in Southeast Asia and increasingly in Africa to make way for palm oil cultivation is a "direct threat" to the survival of great apes such as the orangutan, environmentalists warned Thursday. They said tropical forests were continuing to tumble at a rapid rate, with palm plantations a key driver, despite a decade-old drive by the industry's Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) to encourage sustainable cultivation.

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10 November 2014  SANTA MONICA, CA - PRLog  -- Orangutans, the only great ape naturally found in the forests of Southeast Asia, face an uncertain future. Their rain forest home on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra continues to be destroyed as vast agricultural estates replace millions of hectares of bio-diverse jungle each year. As a consequence orangutans on Borneo are considered endangered and those on Sumatra are critically endangered according to the IUCN’s Redbook.

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Climate scientists, high-profile television, film and theatrical works, and ethical business honored with Pongo Environmental Award at Orang Utan Republik Foundation's Annual Fundraiser

22 October 2014- (PRWEB) - Los Angeles, California.   Actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. joined leading environmentalists, animal rights activists, and NASA’s climate scientists in Beverly Hills on Sunday, October 19th for the Orang Utan Republik Foundation’s (OURF) annual fundraiser and 2014 Pongo Environmental Awards.

Among this year’s recipients of the 2014 Pongo Awards include, Showtime's “Years of Living Dangerously,” for the series’ work in promoting climate change awareness and education, Professor Michael Mann, one of the most important, resilient, outspoken and courageous climate warriors our time, and “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” for the film’s dramatic portrayal of an evolving population of great apes and a devolving population of humans in what could be a possible future based on technology and failure to be good stewards of the planet. Playwright George Shea and actor Mike Farrell were honored for the stage production of “Dr. Keeling’s Curve,” the one man show about Dr. David Keeling, the scientist known worldwide for his work documenting global warming. Finally, Ronna Phelps, owner of Chandler Farm, was honored for creating a palm-oil free beauty and skin care line of products with profits benefiting orangutan groups.

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