Los Angeles based Orangutan Foundation International becomes the home of the World Biological Corridor in North America

The forest of Tanjung Puting and the Sekonyer river

Sometimes you encounter a person with a vision. While Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) President Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas was in Spain as the keynote speaker at the Congress for Social Communication of Science in Burgos in 2019, she and a representative of OFI Canada, Ruth Linsky, were approached by Jorge Extramiana for a collaboration with… Continue reading Los Angeles based Orangutan Foundation International becomes the home of the World Biological Corridor in North America

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Orangutans at the Dentist

Orangutan Tooth Removal During this summer’s bi-yearly medical examinations, the veterinarians discovered three orangutans; Melan, Jutak, and Umit, with decayed teeth. Decayed teeth in orangutans are removed to help alleviate the pain and ensure that the site does not become infected. Dr. Rosa Garriga arranged for Dr. Tiono and Dr. Suharyoro, to conduct oral surgery.… Continue reading Orangutans at the Dentist

Orangutan of the Month: Siswi

Siswi, OFI’s Orangutan of the Month, is indeed an amazing orangutan. First, she has the distinction of being the first orangutan born to an excaptive at historic Camp Leakey. Second, she almost died and is alive today through the efforts of veterinarians, tireless caregivers, and a strong will to live. Siswi was born September 9,… Continue reading Orangutan of the Month: Siswi

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