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.
2015 LP Jenkins Fellowship Awarded for Study on the Conservation Benefit of RSPO Complaint Process
9 June 2015 - Santa Monica, CA. The Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF), a Santa Monica-based conservation education nonprofit that supports the survival of wild orangutans in Indonesia, announced the recipient of its Lorraine P. Jenkins Memorial Fellowship program for 2015. For his study of the conservation benefits of the complaints process of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the fellowship is presented to Chris Wiggs, a graduate student at Oxford Brookes University in the UK pursuing a Master’s of Science in Primate Conservation.
Seventeen Students to Receive 2015 Orangutan Caring Scholarships
18 May 2015 - Santa Monica, CA - OURF Headquarters. The Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) announced that seventeen students from the provinces of North Sumatra and Aceh as well as the province of West Kalimantan will receive the 2015 Orangutan Caring Scholarships (OCS). Ceremonies to honor the students will take place in the cities of Banda Aceh (Sumatra) and Ketapang (West Borneo) in late May and early June. The scholarships are competitive, multi-year tuition awards that enable students to earn degrees in the fields of biology, forestry and veterinary science.
Judge Recognizes Two Chimpanzees as Legal Persons, Grants them Writ of Habeas Corpus
20 April 2015- New York, NY (www.nonhumanrightsproject.org/) - For the first time in history a judge has granted an order to show cause and writ of habeas corpus on behalf of a nonhuman animal. This afternoon, in a case brought by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe issued an order to show cause and writ of habeas corpus on behalf of two chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, who are being used for biomedical experimentation at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York.
First Indonesian Fundraiser in Bali
6 March 2015- Seminyak, Bali- OURF held its first Indonesian fundraiser, 'Voices for the Jungle", in Bali on March 6 at Warehouse 82 in the Seminyak area. A lot of effort went into preparing for the event but the rain couldn't be kept away during the time leading up to the evening event. Consequently, turn out was lower than had been projected. Nevertheless, everyone who attended appeared to have a good time as they were entertained and educated about the orangutan and its plight.