OC Joins the World in International Orangutan Day 2014

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The Orangutan Conservancy  joins forces today with our fellow orangutan advocates around the globe for International Orangutan Day, also known as World Orangutan Day. 
Let’s take this International Orangutan Day spirit and build on it throughout the year!  Together we can be a powerful force for change for orangutans and their rainforest homes.  It’s International Orangutan Day so join us today  by posting on FB and Twitter and remember to tell your friends and family to get involved too to spread the message for orangutans.
There are many things you can do to help orangutans this year – create awareness campaigns, sign petitions, avoid unsustainable palm oil,  hold a local fundraiser, make a donation to your favorite orangutan group, virtually adopt an orangutan, and tell anyone who will listen to learn more about the plight facing orangutans right now.  This is a critical time for us all to take the International Orangutan Day energy and use it as a global springboard to make a bigger difference in the year ahead.
This sand creation was made by Courtney on International Orangutan Day 2014

This sand creation was made by Courtney on International Orangutan Day 2014

 

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OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop Video

Enjoy this video of some amazing orangutans and the equally inspiring people that care for them in this short video compilation from OC/OVAG.  Then read more about our annual workshop and other projects that we help to support at the Orangutan Conservancy here.

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OC/OVAG 2014 “The Unofficial Photo”

OCOVG 2014 group photo #3Shortly after taking the official group photo at OC/OVAG 2014, the delegates posed for something a little more informal.  This photo captures the energy, good spirit and great posing ability of this year’s attendees.

Read more about our annual vet workshop on the OC/OVAG Veterinary Workshop page and you can see the official photo there too.

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Conservation Commentary: Animal Welfare and Palm Oil in Products We Buy

photo from the Orangutan Conservancy archives.

photo from the Orangutan Conservancy archives.

by Robert Hii for the Huffington Post

In case you missed Jane Velez-Mitchell’s interview with model Katie Cleary, here it is. Katie made an impassioned plea to the viewers to stop buying products that use palm oil.

So what is it about orangutans that gets animal lovers like Katie Cleary so worked up against palm oil? A big part of it has to be their human-like characteristics which create an instant bond between us and them, and the fact that the baby orangutan is just so darned adorable!

It’s not only orangutans that are being affected by palm oil. Equally adorable apes like chimpanzees are being threatened with extinction as well as the palm oil industry moves into Africa. Scientists are calling great apes like the orangutan and chimpanzee “canaries in the coal mine” as many other species of animals will go extinct if nothing is said or done today.

So what can an animal lover do to avoid buying products that may have caused suffering to animals? You can take up Jane Velez-Mitchell’s suggestion to eat fresh as palm oil is used mostly in processed foods. Her other great suggestion was to send a message to all companies to “do this sustainably” but what does this mean to the average consumer who wants to remove any possibility of causing suffering in their daily purchases?

This excerpt from a news article appeared in and is courtesy of Huff Post Green and can be read in its entirety here.

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