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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
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”
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.
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.