February 22, 2006 – Los Angeles- The remaining populations of wild orangutans, humankind’s fourth closest primate relative, are facing extinction within the next 10- 20 years due to habitat destruction brought about by globalization and other factors.  For the past decade, orangutan organizations around the world have celebrated the endangered orangutan in a week of awareness-raising in early November of each year. This year will mark the first time International Orangutan Awareness Week (IOAW) will be adjusted to coincide with Orangutan Caring Week (November 12-18, 2006), an event first celebrated last November in Indonesia, home to the largest population of orangutans.

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November 16, 2005– Jakarta, Indonesia.  While a group of reporters from the television and print media listened among a throng of orangutan and primate support groups, Minister of Forestry, MS Kaban read a declaration officially recognizing “Pekan Peduli Orang Utan” or Orangutan Caring Week, 13-19 November 2005. The declaration, presented at a press conference announcing the special week, was the culmination of an effort among supporters of the Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative (OUREI) to have International Orangutan Awareness Week given government recognition during the month of November. Thousands of signatures were collected throughout year and those signatures were presented to OUREI Ambassador Angelina Sondakh last July and this November.  Efforts by her office to gain ministerial support were ultimately successful.  Pekan Peduli Orang Utan (PPOU) was chosen as the Indonesian equivalent for Orangutan Awareness Week which occurred the week before (Nov 6-12).

 

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November 9, 2005—Jakarta, Indonesia. OUREI Ambassador Angelina Sondakh will be launching Pekan Peduli Orang Utan (PPOU) or Orangutan Caring Week in Jakarta, November 13-19, 2005.  PPOU will be OUREI’s first major event in Indonesia and will provide an opportunity for various media outlets to broadcast and print stories about the orangutan and its current plight.

 

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October 17, 2005-Los Angeles, CA. OUREI along with the Los Angeles Zoo and the San Diego Zoo have announced that November is Ape Awareness Month, expanding upon the concept of International Orangutan Awareness Week (IOAW) to embrace all the threatened species of apes both great and small.  The Los Angeles Zoo is supporting this concept by holding Ape Awareness Day on November 5, 2005. Docents and conservation organizations will be educating visitors about the plight of the various species of great apes throughout the day. The San Diego Zoo will recognize Great Ape Awareness Week from Nov. 5 to 13 with special enrichment activities for orangutans, gorillas and bonobos, and keeper talks, and education displays at their exhibits to educate visitors about the plight of apes. Other zoological institutions are encouraged to plan similar events regarding the apes that they house.

 

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August 8, 2005– Santa Monica, CA.  The Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative (OUREI) recently received notification of an award of $48,500 from the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, the federal agency administering the Great Ape Conservation Act of 2000.  The award will be granted to OUREI for its approved proposal entitled, “Sumatran Orangutan Workshop/Summit/Program” which will generate educational curricula specific to those sectors where human/orangutan conflict currently exists. The funds will be given for the purpose of delivering the curricula by Indonesian educators. OUREI must raise $51,000 as a match to the federal grant. Raised funds will be used to conduct the workshop and summit of key government leaders. The workshop and summit will be scheduled in the near future.

OUREI Chairman Dr. Gary Shapiro stated, “This grant will enable Indonesians to develop and deliver important information to educate people who may be killing orangutans now.  We anticipate this program will have tremendous conservation value.”

 

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