2 September 2013 - Change.org - The Medan Zoo in Sumatra has recently acquired two new residents – two male orangutans, confiscated from the illegal pet trade by the government conservation agency (BKSDA) in Aceh province.

Both orangutans were being illegally held in captivity in Aceh. One of the animals, named Pongky, was being kept by a high-ranking police officer. The Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) attempted to rescue Pongky in July, but when the police officer refused to give him up, they were forced to go to the government for support. Instead of placing Pongky in a rehabilitation programme to one day return to the wild, BKSDA Aceh have sent him, and another orangutan, to the Medan Zoo. The orangutans have simply swapped one life behind bars for another.

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29 May 2013 - The Jakarta Post. The government has said it will revoke business permits it has given to companies operating in customary forests after the Constitutional Court annulled its ownership of customary forests.  Forestry Ministry’s secretary general, Hadi Daryanto, said on Monday that the government would rescind all plantation and mining concessions that have been granted to businesses in customary forests that have been legally recognized by the local administrations.

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17 May 2013 - Rhett A. Butler, mongabay.com -  In a landmark ruling, Indonesia's Constitutional Court has invalidated the Indonesian government's claim to millions of hectares of forest land, potentially giving indigenous and local communities the right to manage their customary forests, reports Mongabay-Indonesia.

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1 May 2013 - Santa Monica, CA.  Orangutan experts Leif Cocks and Gary Shapiro want you to "Hang Out for Orangutans" (and with them) as they give a series of illustrated lectures together in cities around the United States during mid-June 2013. Both men have dedicated large portions of their lives to understanding, conserving and managing the orangutan. Cocks was the head orangutan keeper and then Curator in Perth Zoo for 25 years and Shapiro was the first person to teach sign language to free-ranging orangutans in the late 1970s. 

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25 March 2013- Banda Aceh, Sumatra- Orang Utan Republik Foundation.   Six students from the city of Medan, North Sumatra, travelled overnight by bus to the city of Banda Aceh and joined six local students to receive this year’s Orangutan Caring Scholarship (OCS) in an evening award ceremony held on March 25th at the Dian Hotel.  Hosted by the Orangutan Information Center (OIC), the OCS awards were held for the eighth time, but this was the first time the prestigious awards were presented in a city that nearly nine years ago was devastated by a savage tsunami.  Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) president, Dr. Gary Shapiro, flew into Banda Aceh and joined OIC founder Panut Hadisiswoyo, to present the multi-year scholarships to students in the fields of Biology, Forestry and Veterinary Sciences.

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