Film: Toward Tomorrow with the Orangutan Conservancy


Meet Ricko Jaya, an OVAG Veterinarian

Ricko Jaya, one of our OVAG veterinarians has just returned from a course held by The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and The University of Edinburgh which was held in India. The course was designed to enhance and develop skills in human, livestock, wildlife conflict management, translocation techniques, disease outbreak investigation, and forensic investigation and to monitor of the health of declining species. Ricko’s main objective was to improve best practice intervention methods at the human-wildlife interface that he would be able to implement at his job with The Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit at the Orangutan Information Centre. This course also taught a comprehensive understanding of best practice of terrestrial wild animal restraint and anesthesia techniques. The course was attended by 24 participants from the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Italy, Indonesia and India. Below is Rick presenting! Ricko would like to thank the Orangutan Information Centre in Indonesia, the Fort Worth Children’s Zoo, Indiana in the USA, the Orangutan Conservancy, USA and the Orangutan Veterinary Advisory Group (OVAG) that always wanted Indonesian vets to become more and more and to expand their skills, knowledge and networks.





posted by: Erin Murphy


A Message from Our New President to Our Former

New President Raffaella Commitante would like to thank former President Norm Rosen for his many years of dedication to helping save the orangutans, “We have been close friends for many years! I know Norm will be there for me always! Thank you so much Norm for all the hard work and effort you have put into making the Orangutan Conservancy what it is today.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!”

posted by: Erin Murphy


Orangutan Conservancy’s OVAG Workshop

Collectively, the veterinarians and healthcare staff at rehabilitation centers in Borneo and Sumatra care for the largest captive population of orangutans in the world. Yet they face nearly impossible odds, and often find themselves short of medicine, equipment, money, space, support staff and time.

But those same dedicated men and women do not lack for skill. Or commitment. And this is why the Orangutan Conservancy created the OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop – an annual seminar that gathers together the veterinary teams that work on frontlines of the orangutan conservation crisis.  It is a rare and much-needed opportunity for them to join together to hone skills, share the latest orangutan data, discuss issues and ideas, and to meet colleagues that could some day mean the difference between life and death for endangered apes.

The focus of the OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshops remain the practical sessions, presentations, roundtables, and break-out groups that make the experience so valuable. At the workshops, OVAG veterinarians who often work alone under extreme duress discover a place to pose questions and tackle hypothetical scenarios that might otherwise get overlooked. They also establish long-lasting friendships and alliances that strengthen the orangutan conservation community as a whole.

Click here for more information on our OVAG workshop.

posted by: Erin Murphy


Orangutan Conservancy Welcomes New President!

Hello everyone! I am so pleased and honored to become the new president of Orangutan Conservancy.  Having been a board member for close to 10 years, it is especially gratifying to know that I have the support of the rest of the board members to help move OC forward as a conservation organization in my new position.  I am hoping to post monthly notes from “the president” so that you can get to know me better so stay tuned!!!  Please feel free to contact me at the link below to introduce yourself as an OC supporter and visitor to our website.

With warm regards,

Dr. Raffaella Commitante

[email protected]

posted by: Raffaella Commitante