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TOP in the News How to save orangutans

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14-May-2014 -- Publisher: Green Lifestyle

Leif Cocks is the founder and president of The Orangutan Project, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation that works toward the protection of orangutans in Indonesia. He tells us here about his life’s work, the issues facing the people and animals of Indonesia, and how we can get involved to help save this amazing species from extinction.

Leif states that "I’ve been working with orangutans for 27 years; rescuing them, raising their babies, reintroducing them back in to the wild, and tracking them".

Leif also commented on how the general public can help his cause "One, to like us on Facebook, so that when we do petitions to highlight criminal activities that are happening, there is international public pressure. This makes people nervous about continuing their activities.Secondly, we ask people to donate, or adopt an orangutan so that we have money to take companies to court and set up our wildlife protection units.It all comes down to those two things – having the public support base so that we can shed light on the issue, and having the funds to undertake the work to make real change on the ground". 

TOP in the News Bianca Dye's orangutan mission

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3-Jul-13 -- Publisher: Illawarra Mercury

If trekking through jungles with leeches, cold showers, no flushing toilets and four-hour bus rides on bumpy roads full of potholes does not sound like your idea of a good holiday, i98FM breakfast personality Bianca Dye encourages you to think again.

Before heading to Indonesia, Dye was unsure it was the kind of adventure she would enjoy but a two-week experience in Sumatra changed her life so much, she wants to do it again and take 12 Wollongong people with her.

"I thought I would be much more of a princess but I was quite surprised," Dye said.

Dye pushed herself outside her comfort zone to see the plight of orangutans after watching a documentary about the critically endangered species.

Dye was so moved by the documentary, she found The Orangutan Project online, organised the Redheads for Redheads fund-raiser last September and become an ambassador for an organisation trying to save the primates, which are on the brink of extinction as a result of poaching and habitat destruction.

TOP in the News Hanging out with orangutan advocates

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21-Jun-13 -- Publisher: International Primate Protection League

Three orangutan activists stopped in the South Carolina Lowcountry this past Wednesday as part of their world tour on behalf of the great red ape. A small but enthusiastic group of primate supporters braved the late afternoon thunderstorms and flooding in downtown Charleston to “Hang Out for Orangutans.” Our three guest speakers, who collectively have many decades of experience learning about and caring for orangutans, shared what they are doing to counteract the desperate conservation situation facing these great ape cousins of ours.

TOP in the News The posse determined to save Orangutans

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23-Jun-13 -- Publisher: The Cairns Post

DISCOVER the posse of Aussies armed with big hearts, intent on helping to fight for the future survival of endangered orangutans, now only left living in Sumatra and Borneo.

However first we encounter orangutans, it is shocking to think that in some short years, this spectacular great ape may no longer be around to share with our children and grandchildren.  

TOP in the News Natasha's new goal: saving orangutans

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24-Apr-13 -- Publisher: Essential Kids

It has been five years since Natasha Stott Despoja left politics to raise her two young children but the former leader of the Democrats has been busier than ever. Ever the woman with a cause, the 43-year-old talked to Essential Kids about her latest project – saving orangutans in south-east Asia.

When Natasha's eight-year-old son, Conrad, stumbled across The Orangutan Project's (TOP's) Redheads for redheads campaign he was determined to get his family on board with the charity – luckily, his hair fitted the bill.

"All of our family are involved but Conrad was the starting point," says Natasha.

TOP in the News New enclosure for Borneo's baby orphan orangutans

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5-Feb-13 -- Publisher: Travel, Live, Learn

I'm sure it must say about me somewhere on the web that if you send me a press story on baby orangutans then of course I'm going to run it! I'd love to visit Borneo, Indonesia, for a number of reasons, and the work of The Orangutan Project is certainly near the top of those reasons.

The Orangutan Project has built a brand new enclosure for young rescued orangutans this month at the Ketapang Rescue Center in Borneo. The new enclosure will allow young rescued orphan orangutans to roam safely in the trees within the centre's enclosure, providing them with more freedom and independence whilst they are rehabilitated to one-day return to the wild.

TOP in the News RESCUE: Leif Cocks's dangerous mission to save the orang-utans

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24-Mar-13 -- Publisher: The Telegraph

For nearly six months of every year, you can find West Australian man Leif Cocks trekking through the jungle, on a mission to save his friends. His friends, the orang-utans.

It's an extraordinarily dangerous exercise. There's malaria and swarms of bees, tumbling trees and unstable bridges. Gastro and the odd armed goon, hired by companies that want to mow down forests in our neighbouring countries.

And sadly, it's common for those on Cocks's team – locals who care about the tree-dwelling apes, found only in Sumatra and Borneo – to die. There's almost one death every year.

TOP in the News IPPL hosts ape specialists lecture

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13-Jun-13 -- Publisher: The Summerville Journal Scene

The International Primate Protection League welcomes a trio of orangutan experts, who will draw on their decades of expertise to give an illustrated lecture on the conservation crisis facing the great red ape on Wednesday, June 19, at 7 p.m., at Gage Hall, 4 Archdale Street, Charleston, SC (USA).

The event is is free and open to the public. This event is also part of IPPL’s 40th anniversary year celebration. The speakers are Leif Cocks, who was head orangutan keeper and then curator at Perth Zoo for 25 years and is now president of The Orangutan Project, which supports orangutan conservation, rainforest protection, local community partnerships, and the rehabilitation and reintroduction of displaced orangutans back to the wild.

Dr. Gary Shapiro, who was the first person to teach sign language to free-ranging orangutans in the late 1970s and is now the president of the Orang Utan Republik Foundation, an organization that aims to save wild orangutans via public education.

Garry Sundin, of Orangutan Odysseys, who will show how eco-tourism can promote orangutan conservation and describe his upcoming Trans Borneo Challenge fundraising trek.

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