Never has there been a group of people so dedicated and committed to such an important cause. Their passion for the Orang Utan community is not only immeasurable but also addicting. The incredible research that has been done by these folks on the habitats and preservation of these fantastic creatures would amaze anyone! After hearing several hands-on experts speak along with their extremely informative video presentations, I knew right away that as long as this Foundation is around and supported , that Orang Utans would have the best chance to be protected and nurtured. What a wonderful, professional, well organized, educated and essential cause to protect such beautiful creatures!!
I have known Dr. Gary Shairo many years as we share great appreciation for the rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo in Indonesia. I am a donor, a Board Member, and a volunteer to this worthwhile organization that strives to enhance the lives of the Indonesians themselves, in addition to trying to guide land use practices in proximity to natural habitat of orangutans and other highly valued endangered forest species. A great strength of this organization is its collaboration with other like-minded conservation organizations focused on protecting orangutans in Indonesia. Recently, the Orang Utan Republik (OUR) officially partnered with an Australian non-profit known as The Orangutan Project (TOP) which is a much larger organization, so that OUR may enjoy greater capacity for larger projects than before. These two organizations will work in concert with each other.
This small non-profit organization has accomplished much within its multiple ongoing programs that all center around the theme of preserving and protecting orangutans and their habitat in Indonesia . While Gary Shapiro pretty much runs the show, he is training and cultivating relationships with local Indonesians and other Indonesian NGOs to perform the tasks of the organization and to enrich the local people in the process. OURF emphasizes education, bringing topical instruction to classrooms as well as educating by demonstration and leadership, examples of sustainable agriculture and living practices that have lower environmental impacts in communities situated in the vicinity of orangutans. Because of careful oversight and application of good communication skills, OURF operates on a modest budget but touches many people and groups in both Northern Sumatera and a few locations in Borneo, where orangutans still can be found.
I have had the pleasure of volunteering for the Orang Utan Republik Foundation for a few years. It is an outstanding organization that is making a big impact to protect and raise awareness of the dire situation that the orangutans in Indonesia are in. Orangutans are only found in the rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra. It is a small organization and as a volunteer I am able to contribute and help make a meaningful difference. OURF also provides scholarships to vet students in Indonesia who are also involved in the effort to save and preserve the orangutans. Dr Shapiro has dedicated his life to this work and it's beyond work, it's a true passion and commitment on every level to save "a species through education initiatives and innovative collaborative projects"... The important work OURF is doing should be highly recognized and a great organization to get involved with. Orangutans are critically endangered and OURF works tirelessly to save this precious species.
I have the utmost of respect for the environmental work being done by the Orang Utan Republik Foundation and for the passion of the foundation's leadership and staff. I have had many years of experience in working directly with a variety of charitable causes and the OURF is high on my list of having significant impact on real world solutions to some of the most significant environmental issues of our times. This is a cause well worth support and attention. The Pongo Awards brings focus and funding to matters of the rainforests around the world and of the indigenous wildlife facing extinction. The OURF is at the forefront of seeking the protection of this wildlife and of our planet.
This is a wonderful organization that is truly doing the actual work in the field to save orangutans in the wild, who are critically endangered and one of the closest species to the human race. If we loose them, we loose a part of our own humanity.
I contacted OURF founder Dr. Gary Shapiro a year ago when I was writing and illustrating a children's picture book about orangutan. We wanted it to be scientifically accurate, even though aimed at young kids. Gary offered to fact-check the book and was very helpful with both the text and the pictures. His professionalism and knowledge are very extensive. Since then I've been following OURF on social media, and I see that his passion, and that of his staff, is extensive too. The work they do makes a real difference in the orangutan world.
This organization is top notch. They tirelessly work to save orangutans and educate and inspire the young people of Indinesia to take an active role in orangutan conservation and protection. I have supported this group since 2006 and will continue to recommend them to anyone who wants to help make a difference in an increasingly tough battle to save orangutans.
This is a great organization that is helping orangutans by educating the Indonesian people and most importantly young people on how criticallly endangered orangutans are and what can be done to help them fight off extinction. Gary is the most passionate person i know when it comes to orangutans. Since the 70's he has tirelessly worked on their behalf and now heads up Orangutan Republik. I am honored to be able to help in what little ways i can by donating sculptures and raising money through them to help them out. I truly want to see this organization flourish and keep doing what they do best... SAVING ORANGUTANS
Without OURF there might not be any of these majestic animals left in the wild in our lifetime! Education and awareness are the key elements needed to protect orangutans. OURF is doing a great job of BOTH.
After my first visit to Borneo and seeing wild and rehabilitated orangutans both, I wanted to know more about how to help save these amazing animals. After researching numerous organizations that claim to help orangutans, I chose the ORANG UTAN REPUBLIK FOUNDATION because they are going after the ROOT of the problem which is the education of the very people that can save them. While on a layover at LAX Dr. Shapiro even drove to the airport to meet with me to discuss the organization and how to best help out.
This group is The best of the best, truly dedicated to conservation of the beloved orangutan, and all those who live in Indonesia, human and nonhuman alike.
Wonderful group! Their work is vital to save primates!