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.

16 August 2016 - Santa Monica, CA.  To recognize the most iconic victim of the palm oil industry, International Orangutan Day has been set for August 19th, EVERY YEAR! This event is to help encourage the public to take action in preserving this amazing species.

From 1992-2000, the population of the Sumatran orangutan is considered to have declined by more than 50%. Its population has recently been estimated to be only 14,600.  Its relative, the Bornean orangutan population fell nearly 43 percent in the past decade.  It is now believed only 45,000 remain on Borneo, where the species was recently reclassified downward to CRITICALLY ENDANGERED by the IUCN Redbook. The IUCN study that led to this reclassification concluded that "the combined impacts of habitat loss, habitat degradation and illegal hunting equate to an 86% population reduction between 1973 and 2025." 

Something has to be done to save orangutans and that is the reason for International Orangutan Day!  

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5 July 2016 -  The Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) is now critically endangered according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This change means that both species of orangutan now face an “extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.”

“This is full acknowledgement of what has been clear for a long time: orangutan conservation is failing,” Andrew Marshall, one of the authors of the assessment, told Mongabay. Regardless of any positive outcomes of past conservation efforts, they have not achieved the only meaningful goal: a stable or increasing population.

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