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June 1, 2007—Santa Monica, CA.  Following a review of the submitted proposals, the Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative (OUREI) awarded the 2007 LP Jenkins Memorial Fellowship to David Dellatore for his entry entitled, “Determining the cause of high parasite levels in released ex-captive orangutans.”



The objective of his study, scheduled to begin in May, is to investigate and identify any potential behavioral mechanisms that may result in increased parasite levels in ex-captive orangutan populations. It is anticipated the information gained will be used to better understand the infection cycle impacting the health of orangutans and help in the reintroduction process.  The LP Jenkins Fellowship will provide an award of US$1,000 to defray the cost of his four-month study.

David will be conducting this research as part of his Master’s degree program at the University of Oxford, England, and his field research will be in association with the Orangutan Health Project located near Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra.

The LP Jenkins Fellowship was named in honor of Lorraine Phyllis Jenkins, mother of Dr. Gary Shapiro, and is a competitive award open to all graduate and undergraduate students planning to conduct field research on orangutans, related rainforest or conservation education in Indonesia.

For more information, visit the LP Jenkins page