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Clinton visits OFI’s Care Center & Camp Leakey

Former American President Bill Clinton spent two days visiting Orangutan Foundation International’s facilities in Central Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia.

Traveling with a delegation representing the Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative, Clinton was given a private tour of OFI’s Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine (OCCQ) facility and accompanied on a special visit to Camp Leakey by OFI founder and president, Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas.

Bill Clinton with orangutan hanging
A juvenile orangutan reaches down from the rafters of the playground to touch Presdent Clinton’s hand, with Dr Galdikas and staff nearby.
Clinton holding orangutan
President Clinton holds an orphaned infant orangutan, with senior staff from OFI’s Care Center: (left to right) Ibu Waliyati, Senior Administrator, Clinton, Dr Popo and Dr Prima, veterinarians.
President Clinton and Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas engrossed in conversation.
President Clinton and Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas engrossed in conversation.

The OCCQ is a non-public rehabilitation center where orphaned and injured ex-captive orangutans are cared for until they are ready to be released into the wild. The facility currently cares for over 300 orphaned orangutans. President Clinton and members of the delegation had the opportunity to witness first-hand several different stages of the rehabilitation process while the adolescent orangutans were taken into the nearby forest to practice their foraging skills, the juveniles perfected their climbing skills at a playground, and the infants explored the forest with their caregivers.

President Clinton on the Sekonyer River
President Clinton and staff on the Sekonyer River in Tanjung Puting National Park, leaving Camp Leakey

The following day President Clinton, Dr. Galdikas, and the delegation traveled by motorboat up the Sekonyer River and deep into Tanjung Puting National Park to visit Camp Leakey. Camp Leakey is Dr. Galdikas’ historic research site established in 1971 and is still active today as a base for all of OFI’s research and conservation efforts in Tanjung Puting National Park.

Clinton paid the visit to meet working partners of the Clinton Foundation in Kalimantan, including the Rimba Raya Conservation (RRC) Seruyan (one of OFI’s current partners) and Rimba Makmur Utama (RMU) Katingan.

Orangutans wait on the boardwalk at Camp Leakey, curious to see the visitors.
Orangutans wait on the boardwalk at Camp Leakey, curious to see the visitors.
Bill Clinton and Dr. Galdikas
Dr.Birute Mary Galdikas and Bill Clinton walk through the forest towards the feeding platform at Camp Leakey.

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