16 January 16, 2016- The Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) has steadily been building partnerships over the past decade in pursuit of its mission. While the core programs of OURF has focused on formal and informal education in Indonesia, it has also moved into other areas that address the roots of orangutan and wildlife conservation.  OURF plans to continue to expand its portfolio of programs and projects in 2016 as new partnerships are deepened and strengthened.  Such expansion provides opportunities for further involvement by the public and committed individuals seeking hands-on opportunities.

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Annual event raises awareness concerning orangutans and their endangered status as their forest home on Borneo and Sumatra is threatened by agricultural conversion and fires. The theme this year is “Working together toward sustainable solutions."

FB Profile PicNovember 1, 2015 - Santa Monica, CA - Orang Utan Republik Foundation.  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. The 2015 El Niño phenomenon and annually set fires by plantation managers have created widespread conflagrations degrading and destroying habitat as well as killing wildlife.  As a consequence orangutans on Borneo remain endangered and those on Sumatra are critically endangered according to the IUCN’s Redbook. 

In 2005, Orangutan Caring Week (OCW) was established by the non-profit Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) to draw attention to the species and its plight as well as to provide people an opportunity to take action and to care about the future of orangutans. It also gives orangutan, conservation, and zoological organizations opportunities to discuss their programs with the media and at schools and other institutions.  The theme for OCW this year is “Working together toward sustainable solutions”.  The theme drives home the need for organizations and people to get together and to harness limited resources to implement conservation solutions for the betterment of the species, which is still on the brink of extinction.  That would include acquiring and managing large tracks of forests as conservation concessions.

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collage226 September 2015 - Santa Monica, CA - Notable environmental achievements and the people behind those accomplishments were honored during the Second Annual Pongo Environmental Awards and Fundraiser in Beverly Hills, CA on September 26, 2015. 

Among this year’s recipients of the 2015 Pongo Awards include, Dr. Jane Goodall for her lifelong chimpanzee passion studying, protecting and educating people about this great ape; Panut Hadisiswoyo for leadership in fearlessly conserving orangutans and rain forests in North Sumatra; Bradford Schmidt of GoPro for creating "Our Orangutan Brethren", as part of his series of unique and compelling cause-related video stories about endangered animals from the species' perspective; Paul Salaman of Rainforest Trust whose organization has secured the future of over eight million acres of rain forest around the world; and Alexandra Saunders whose company, Nuubia San Francisco, produces award-winning, palm oil-free chocolates that does not threaten orangutans or other wildlife. Finally, Ed Begley,Jr., environmental activist and actor, received a Pongo Award for his lifelong commitment in support of many environmental causes and for leading by example to promote sustainable living  The theme for this year’s event was “Free to be Wild.” The theme represents the foundation's vision of a time when orangutans will be free to wander in the wild rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra as they did before humans became a threat to them.

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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.

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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.

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