"The Batang Toru orangutans appear to be direct descendants of the initial orangutans that had migrated from mainland Asia," researcher Alexander Nater said.

2 November 2017 (UPI) -- Scientists have determined that an isolated population of orangutans living among the lowlands of Sumatra are unique enough to warrant a new species designation.

Researchers named the Tapanuli orangutan Pongo tapanuliensis and described the new species in a paper published this week in the journal Current Biology.

With the new designation, there are now seven living great ape species -- the Tapanuli orangutans join the Sumatran and Bornean orangutans, eastern and western gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos.

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Annual event raises awareness concerning orangutans and their endangered status as their forest home on Borneo and Sumatra is threatened by agricultural conversion and fires. November 12-18, 2017 with this year’s theme “Act Now to Preserve the Future."


 OCW 2017

October 30, 2017- Santa Monica, CA - Orang Utan Republik Foundation.  

Orangutan Caring Week is a worldwide event held annually every November. It began many years ago as "Orangutan Awareness Week" but it soon became apparent that just being aware of the plight of orangutans was not enough. People need to care— and care enough to be moved to action to save these incredible red-haired apes and their rainforest homes.

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3 September 2017 - Santa Monica, CA. The Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) will honor environmental achievement from film, science, conservation, and technology at the 4th Annual Pongo Environmental Awards to be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at a private residence in West Pasadena, California. Co-hosted by actor/environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr. and voice actor Phil Hendrie, the evening is dedicated to honoring individuals, organizations and projects that have contributed to the improved understanding and appreciation of global environmental issues, endangered species, rain forest habitat, and for understanding and improving conditions for orangutans and other animals. The evening is also an opportunity for OURF to raise needed general funds to operate and provide the programs benefiting orangutan survival.

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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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