28 August 2018 - SANTA MONICA Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) will honor environmental achievement from television, science, and advocacy at the 5th Annual Pongo Environmental Awards to be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Bergamot Station Art Galleries in Santa Monica, CA.

 The annual fundraiser will host a special screening of Animal Planet’s “Raised Human” episode “Princess the Orangutan.” Princess and OURF President Dr. Gary Shapiro became well-acquainted in the jungles of Indonesian Borneo in the late 1970s when she was home-reared and taught sign language by Dr. Shapiro.

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9 August 2018 - Santa Monica, CA - Orang Utan Republik Foundation. ‚Äč The Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) announces that, in its role as the USA chapter of Australia-based The Orangutan Project (TOP), it is disbursing $200,000 to a dozen programs that are racing to protect critically-endangered orangutans on the Indonesian islands of Borneo and Sumatra. The grants administered by TOP to eleven organizations will support wildlife warden positions, ecosystem protection, veterinary care, orangutan rescue, post-release monitoring, research, and other initiatives aimed at curbing population loss in this vulnerable species.

 

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16 July 2018 - Palangka Raya, Central Borneo- Borneo Nature Foundation. After going through a tough competition, Borneo Nature Foundation announced the recipients of the first-ever Orangutan Caring Scholarship (OCS) in Palangka Raya on Monday 16 July, 2018. Two scholarships were granted to selected applicants; Pricilia Gumbang and Zetli Decosta from the Forestry Department, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Palangka Raya (UPR).

 

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6 February 2018 - Santa Monica, CA - Orang Utan Republik Foundation.  A juvenile male orangutan from Kutai National Park in East Borneo, has died of numerous gunshot wounds after presumably feeding in a nearby palm oil plantation. The Office of Conservation of Natural Resources (BKSDA) initially asked staff from the Centre for Orangutan Protection (COP) to rescue the injured 5-7 year old primate removed from a pond located in the Park.

While still barely alive, the rescuers from COP rendered immediate treatment; but despite their best efforts, the orangutan, named "Kaluhara 2" died in the early morning of 6 February 2018. The team from COP took the orangutan to the PKT hospital in Bontang, East Kalimantan to reveal the cause of death.

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Press Release, Brooklyn, N.Y., 7 December 2017.

Teaming up with Dr. Gary Shapiro, founder and president of The Orang Utan Republik Foundation, Santa Monica, California, http://www.orangutanrepublik.org/, professor Gregory F. Tague and Fredericka Jacks are happy to announce that they have fully funded an Orangutan Caring Scholarship that will send a deserving Indonesian student to college to study forestry or biology. The scholarship was set up as part of a service component to Dr. Tague’s Evolutionary Studies Collaborative at St. Francis College, Brooklyn, where he teaches.

The mission of the Orang Utan Republik Foundation has remained true to its founding principles: to save the orangutans of Indonesia through conservation education, outreach initiatives, and innovative collaborative programs that inspire and call people to action. For example, under the leadership of Dr. Shapiro, the Foundation has shepherded the funding and distribution of over 130 orangutan caring scholarships. This effort is in addition to the many endeavors by the foundation that promote sustainable farming, forest reclamation, and habitat preservation in Indonesia.

Here are the core values and beliefs of global social responsibility supporting the funding campaign initiated by Dr. Tague:

1. Education is the most powerful way to impact culture positively;

2. Deserving and qualified young people should have an education that helps them improve their community;

3. Climate change is a distressing reality that must be acknowledged and addressed on a local as well as a governmental level;

4. Rain forest protection is vital to the well-being of future generations globally;

5. Sustainable farming in some regions is a realistic goal;

6. No species, especially not one as close to us as the orangutan, should have become critically endangered because of its habitat loss at our hands. 

Dr. Tague would like to thank all the donors and especially Fredericka A. Jacks for her support. Donors will be invited to a small gathering at St. Francis College on 5 March 2018. To find out more about the Evolutionary Studies Collaborative, go here: http://www.sfc.edu/academics/institutescenters/evolution

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