July 29, 2005– Santa Monica, CA.  The Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative (OUREI) is proud to announce that Ms. Angelina Sondakh, former Miss Indonesia 2001 and current member of Parliament, has agreed to serve as OUR Ambassador for orangutans in Indonesia.  Ms. Sondakh has long been an advocate for environmental issues in Indonesia including rain forest and wildlife protection.  She recently received a prestigious Environmental award by the Minister of Environment, Ir Rachmat Witoelar, at the Art’s Center in Jakarta (July 12) and frequently discusses her concern for the orangutan’s future in the Indonesian media. In addition, Ms Sondakh currently serves as the Ambassador for Indonesia eco-tourism preservation following her appointment by the former Minister of Culture and Tourism, Bpk. I Gde Ardike.  OUREI founders Gary and Inggriani Shapiro met with Ms. Sondakh in her Parliament office on July 11 to discuss OUREI’s programs and to invite her participation in helping save the species through outreach and education.  OUREI plans to work with Ms. Sondakh over the coming months to raise awareness about the plight of the orangutan.


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