Since 2006, 130 multi-year scholarships in the name of the orangutan have been awarded to Indonesian students in the fields of biology, forestry and veterinary science. Seventy students have graduated and have become advocates of orangutan conservation within Indonesia's diverse workforce. The latest scholarship ceremonies were held in Ketapang, West Kalimantan on May 23 and in Banda Aceh, Aceh province on May 30, 2017.

3 June 2017 - Santa Monica, CA.  “The college graduates we support through this competitive scholarship program become orangutan advocates in the name of the great red ape,” stated Dr. Gary Shapiro, about the Orangutan Caring Scholarship (OCS) program.  Founded in 2006, the OCS program was established as a collaboration between the Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) and two Indonesian implementing organizations: first, Yayasan Orangutan Sumatra Lestari/Orangutan Information Center (OIC) on Sumatra and in 2012 Yayasan Palung (YP) in West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). “It is specifically for students from provinces where wild orangutans still roam the forests,” said Shapiro. Various orangutan and other nonprofit organizations, foundations and individuals, have been providing the funding to grow this program over the past 12 years.

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7 March 2017 - Medan, Sumatra.  Under the status of a legalized NGO, Yayasan Peduli Orangutan Indonesia (YPOI) or Orangutan Caring Foundation of Indonesia, continues to expand the scope of the Mobile Education and Conservation Unit (MECU) in its 7th year by adding a new village and new activities to the program. OURF President Gary Shapiro was able to visit the field locations, including the new village of Kuta Gadja, for the MECU 7 programs during his site visit in early March.

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Santa Monica, CA - 31 December 2016 - Orang Utan Republik Foundation.  Orang Utan Republik Foundation President Dr. Gary Shapiro representing The Orangutan Project (TOP), joined staff from the Center for Orangutan Protection (COP) and other organizations on 10 December 2016, in the translocation of a wild juvenile male orangutan to a section of the Lesan River Protected Forest, within the Berau District of East Kalimantan, Indonesia.


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The orangutan, named Lana (“explorer” in Indonesian), was orphaned only weeks earlier at a local palm oil plantation.  Lana was first held at a local forestry office facility then brought to the COP rehabilitation center while the COP team was able to gain approval and seek a site for his release.  The day long event to release Lana involved placing him into a transport cage, driving him to the Lesan Dayak village in the “Ape Defender” (a truck provided by The Orangutan Project), then upriver by boat, and finally carried a couple kilometers inland to the final release area. Over thirty individuals from various government and nongovernment offices, the Dayak village and local companies participated in the translocation.

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Sept 25, 2016 - Santa Monica, CA - Orang Utan Republik Foundation.   Actor/Activist Ed Asner provided serious tone to the annual event which celebrates environmental achievement.

The Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) held its 3rd Annual Pongo Environmental Awards on September 24th at a private residence in West Pasadena.  Nearly one hundred interested people were in attendance. With the scenic Eagle Rock vista overlooking the stage area in the backyard, Actor Ed Asner took the stage at sundown and gave the audience an update on the crticially endangered status of the Bornean orangutan. Mr. Asner made it clear that this was a serious matter and that the attendees were assembled to help raise funds to support the work of the Orang Utan Republik Foundation. The audience responded by raising over $15,000 for programs that help to save endangered orangutans through education and othe innovative projects.

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24 August, 2016 - Santa Monica, CA & Perth, Australia.   The Orangutan Project (TOP) have announced today that OURF and TOP have merged both organizations to become one force for positive change.

ourf top mergePresident Dr Gary Shapiro of the Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) and Leif Cocks President of The Orangutan Project (TOP) have announced today that OURF and TOP have merged both organizations to become one force for positive change. This joined force will:

1. Increase funding for orangutan conservation through more effective fundraising and allowing tax deductibility for donors in both Australia and USA.

2. Allow us to further reduce the combined administration for two of the already leanest charities on the planet today, and

3. Together we will now be saving more orangutans and their habitat so that they can all one day live free in the wild.

'The situation is too urgent and the need to great for partisan conservation projects' says Leif Cocks. Leif and Gary will be giving talks in California later this year, so please visit us at to sign up for details of coming events and how you can help orangutans.

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