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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2013 January 30- Santa Monica, CA. The non-profit organization, Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF), announced today a partnership with the King Chavez Community High School (KCCHS) yesterday to further the domestic mission of OURF and enhance the educational experience of the students of the school.  A letter of mutual understanding was signed by OURF President Dr. Gary Shapiro and KCCHS Principal Jeb Hubbs following productive meetings between Keith Fowler, Vice Principal of KCHHS and Dr. Shapiro.

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