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"At the Orangutan Care Centre and Quarantine (OCCQ), Patricia shines as a unique orangutan with an unforgettable personality. Her tranquil and relaxed disposition is infectious. Her gentle nature creates a calming atmosphere about her.

Patricia exudes independence and an air of breezy sophistication, taking her time transitioning between activities and setting her own pace. Relaxed and easy, Patricia does not rush on her way to forest school. She travels at a steady, casual pace, taking breaks to pause and gaze up at the surrounding canopy.

Unlike many of her peers who scramble hurriedly to grip a tree, Patricia does not commence climbing until after spending some quality time of her own on the forest floor. She sits with her legs out in front of her, arms at her sides, and eyes gazing upwards. Looking up at the trees, she patiently assesses the best spot to begin her arboreal ascent.

Patricia is selective in which trees she visits, and takes her time to perch comfortably in the treetops of her choosing. One of the larger female orangutans, she is not hindered by her size in manoeuvring elegantly through the forest canopy. Gone are the days of raucous play with peers. In their place are moments of solitude in secluded locations with the breeze gently rustling the leaves that surround her while she immerses herself in a delectable feast of fruit..."

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Remembering Robert Walter Levy

With immense gratitude for his kindness and philanthropy, OFI remembers Robert Walter Levy. Rob had a deep connection with animals and dedicated the last fifteen years of his life to animal rescue and animal rights. He was a vegan and believed that not eating animal products was the most important way to reduce harm to animals as well as the environment.

Rob founded and ran a nonprofit organization called Goat Mountain Ranch Sanctuary located in Western North Carolina for several years. In addition, he worked to help place animals in need of homes into forever homes. His life touched the lives of many beings and his memory will live on.

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March 16, 2017, 7 PM

Vancouver Island University Nanaimo Campus, British Columbia 

Join OFI Canada, Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas and The Vancouver Island University WorldBridger Film series in a Fundraiser & Born to Be Wild Screening in support of OFI Canada.

This fundraiser event will begin with an introductory talk by Dr. Galdikas followed by a showing of the IMAX Documentary film Born to Be Wild, showcasing Dr. Galdikas's and OFI's work in Indonesian Borneo. 

This event is open to the public and entrance is by donation.

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On February 22nd, OFI released five rehabilitated wild born ex-captive orangutans into the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve forest. These five orangutans, originally orphaned by deforestation, were released "home" into their original forest habitat.

Orangutan Foundation International and The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve, an InfiniteEARTH Project, enjoy a field conservation partnership. The Reserve, ideal orangutan habitat consisting of primary peat swamp forest, was envisioned as a release site for returning rehabilitated ex-captive orangutans to the wild a decade ago. With the release of five orangutans on February 22nd the site was finally inaugurated for this purpose after many years of planning.

OFI President Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, OFI Release Staff, several representatives from Rimba Raya, Indonesian government officials from BKSDA , and representatives of P.T. Smart who are the sponsors of the "Friends of the Orangutan" program, were present for the release. 

Rehabilitated ex-captive wild born orangutans, females Denux, Emily, Febri, and males Cooper and Yansoe, were returned to the wild in Central Indonesian Borneo by Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) in the Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve, an InfiniteEARTH Project. 

This release took place two days after the Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) and field conservation partner, The Rimba Raya Biodiversity Reserve, an InfiniteEARTH Project, successfully released five orangutans on February 22nd 2017 into the Rimba Raya concession. The concession, which is primary peat swamp forest, is ideal for orangutans as evidenced by the rapid dispersal of the first five orangutans released two days earlier.

OFI President Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, OFI Staff, Rimba Raya representatives and their guests as well as staff representing P.T. Smart's sponsoring "Friends of the Orangutan" program were present for the second release on February 24, 2017.

The three adolescent females were the first out of their transport cage. Denux was the first to emerge, followed by Febri, and Emily. When adolescent male Cooper was released, he immediately went into the canopy, followed Emily and proceeded to mate with her. Cooper's friend Yansoe climbed into the same tree, watched the mating briefly and then moved away. All the orangutans ignored the lush fruits provided as they quickly climbed into the trees. Adolescent male Cooper made it clear what he had in mind immediately upon release: orangutan sex!
P H O T O  S T O R Y

by Deya Ward Niblett

Buddy systems frequently develop among the young orphaned orangutans at the Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine (OCCQ). 

Dorris & Holland

Craving the comfort they would have received from their mothers for six to as many as ten years, the orangutans make friends, often in pairs. 

Bayat & Chewey

Friendships come in handy to the orphans during daily visits to the OFI Learning Forest. 

Buddies Holland and Trudeau follow one another while climbing.

O N   S C R E E N

Spy in the Wild
Originally on BBC, and then airing on PBS, Spy in the Wild is a British nature mini-series which uses more than 30 animatronic spy cameras disguised as animals to secretly record behavior in the wild. 

Episode 2 "Intelligence" featured orangutans, with scenes from Camp Leakey!

Watch a clip of Spy Orangutan's interaction with Siswi.