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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13 March 2013 - Jakarta - endoftheicons.   An alarming admission from the chairman of the Aceh Government’s Spatial Planning Committee is fuelling serious concern over the potential illegal loss of 1.2 million hectares of Aceh’s protected forests, as was explained in detail at a press conference today in Jakarta.

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22 February, 2013 - Seattle, WA -- (SBWIRE) – A new group calling itself Consumer’s Action for Sustainable Palm Oil is urging Americans to fight global warming and wildlife extinction by supporting their push for the responsible use of sustainably produced palm oil products.

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20 February 2013 -Banda Aceh, Sumatra.  A team from the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP: comprising PanEco Foundation (Switzerland), Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) Aceh, and Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari (YEL) Medan successfully confiscated an infant orangutan on 19 February 2013 at Afdeling II of PT. Socfindo plantation, Sidojadi Village, Darul Makmur sub-district of Nagan Raya district in Aceh province, Indonesia. SOCP field staff first heard about the young male infant orangutan shortly after it was captured on January 26 in an area known locally as Suak Puntung, in the Tripa Peat Swamp Forest of the Leuser Ecosystem, within the concession of the palm oil company PT Surya Panen Subur 2 (PT. SPS-2).

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