Orangutan Caring Week November 12-20, 2011

Sixth Annual Orangutan Caring Week is an opportunity for people and organizations to raise awareness about the plight of the endangered red ape. Organizations around the world are participating. www.orangutancaringweek.org
 
 
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Nov. 11, 2011 - PRLog -- Santa Monica, CA -  Orangutans, the intelligent and acrobatic, red-haired great apes of Southeast Asia, will be celebrated by humans across the globe at activities during the 6th annual Orangutan Caring Week.  The species, found only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, are favorites of zoo visitors; however, their future is uncertain. Declining numbers continue to worry researchers, wildlife managers and conservationists who are concerned about increased likelihoods of localized extinctions in regions where their habitat is being converted to agriculture and the animals are being hunted. Orangutan Caring Week is a collaborative and positive way to get people, particularly in Indonesia, to appreciate the many fascinating characteristics of the species, understand their current plight, and develop a caring attitude such that the orangutan will be seen as a national treasure worth saving.

Orangutan Caring Week (OCW) is a time each year when concerned people can talk to other people about the orangutan and its current dilemma. It also gives orangutan, conservation, and zoological organizations opportunities to discuss their programs with the media and at schools and other institutions.  The theme for OCW varies from year to year. This year the theme is “Branching Out: Far and Wide”.  This is to emphasize the need to spread the message of orangutan conservation across the globe and to effect change while there still is time. Events are being planned in countries around the world. “Branching” out also relates to the fact that orangutans are the world’s largest arboreal mammal.  In Indonesia, orangutan organizations in Jakarta and Medan will be holding exhibitions, pedi-cab rallies, road shows, and other events where people will increasingly come to learn about the orangutan, its current plight and what they can do to help insure its future.

OCW is being coordinated this year by Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) and Orangaware.org.   OURF President Gary Shapiro, and creator of OCW, is encouraging everyone concerned about orangutan survival to participate in educating people about the species in ways that are informative and inspiring.  “It is important that we engage the public to better understand the challenges facing one of our closest primate cousins and our responsibility to save them while there still is time” said Shapiro. Indeed, only 6,600 orangutans remain in relict populations on the northern portion of Sumatra while on Borneo, thousands have perished in recent times due to massive deforestation, illegal hunting, and poaching for the illegal pet trade. Conservationists and wildlife managers continue to struggle to manage the growing number of confiscated, ex-captive animals in rehabilitation stations while securing forested areas for reintroduction and at the same time, insuring the remaining populations of wild orangutans have adequate habitat for the foreseeable future.

Orangaware.org’s Holly Draluck also would like people to come to understand that the habitat of the orangutan, the tropical rain forest, is vital to not only orangutans but to other wildlife and to all of us on this planet. Rainforests and related ecosystems provide important services from climate moderation, to water quality and erosion control, to storehouses of genetic, species and ecological biodiversity.  Rainforests need to be sustainably managed to maintain these services. We want to inform citizens in our own communities of this connection and continue to enlighten local people in areas near orangutan habitat.

For more information about Orangutan Caring Week, the activities being scheduled, and what people can do to participate, contact www.orangutancaringweek.org.

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OURF has been providing grants to worthy education projects in Indonesia for the last 7 years, and to develop our vision has initiated and supported the following:events, conference, scholarships, school programs, community development.
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