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Feature Story
Back to the Trees,  An OFI Release (Video)


Pitcher Plant

Protect & Patrol

2017 Construction Volunteer dates

EcoTour - One departure date left

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"A procession of orangutans from Pondok Dua head off to the Learning Forest with the caregivers. Dodot peers over the shoulder of the caregiver holding her, and her lovely brown eyes are somewhat curious. When the group reaches the edge of the trees, Dodot's attention is drawn to the forest. For a time, it's as if all she can see is her birthright, the Bornean jungle. Within minutes, Dodot is in the canopy of the trees, barely visible through the thick foliage.

Compared to her peers, infants on the brink of the juvenile stage, Dodot stands apart. She is not very interested in friendships with other orangutans or in making a connection with her caregivers. She's content living in her own world, and doesn't seem to need to check in with her caregivers for reassurance. Despite her more reclusive nature, Dodot does come down from the canopy from time to time out of curiosity..."

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"We need more patrols. And we need them immediately. These patrols will criss-cross the jungle on foot. They will need supplies. They will need food. They will need shelters for the night. And they will need courage..."

Click here to help OFI protect & patrol Tanjung Puting National Park, which is now being threatened by poachers who are driving whole species to the edge of extinction. 
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Looking for a way to get involved with OFI's work on the ground? Become a short term construction volunteer and build much needed structures that help OFI continue life saving conservation work.

Team 1 
May 28th-June 17th
Team 2 
July 2nd-July 22nd
Team 3 
August 6th-26th

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F E A T U R E  S T O R Y

An OFI Release

by Deya Ward Niblett

In this video, Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) embarks on the release of four rehabilitated wild born ex-captive orangutans into protected forest. Moments like these represent the core mission of OFI, giving orangutans a second chance to grow up and be free.

An orangutan release is a special event as it signifies hope in the plight for survival of their species. Orangutan populations continue to be threatened due to the destruction of their habitat. Over the past 20 years, 90% of the world's orangutan habitat has been destroyed.

Join OFI as Elvis, Hermie, Maxine and Wilkie begin again where they left off, in the forest environment they are so wonderfully adapted to live in, explore, and enhance. 

J U N G L E  C O R N E R

Pitcher Plant

by Deya Ward Niblett

Common name: Pitcher Plant
Scientific name: Nepenthes ampullaria
Indonesian name: Tentadu

Taxonomy: Plantae; Tracheophyta; Magnoliopsida; Nepenthales; Nepenthaceae

Threat Status: Lower Risk/Least Concern (IUCN Red List)

Distribution: N. ampullaria is one of the most widespread Nepenthes species. It has been found in Brunei; Indonesia (Kalimantan, Papua, Sumatra); Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak); Papua New Guinea; Singapore and Thailand.

Ecology: This species of tropical pitcher plant has moved away from a carnivorous diet and instead gets its nutrients from fallen leaf matter on the forest floor. This digestion of plant matter results in the species being considered partially detritivorous. Additionally, there have been many instances of the plant forming a 'carpet' of pitchers over the soil. This large coverage allows the plants to intercept falling debris.

Habitat: This species of pitcher plant is found in damp shady forests. In Borneo, it is located in swamp forests. Additionally, N.ampullaria is can be found in secondary forest, swamp grassland and among microphyllous vegetation.

Morphology: There are 38 recorded species of pitcher plants in Borneo. It is easy to identify this particular species of pitcher plant due to its unique morphology and growth habit. The stem is typically light brown and can climb to a height of 15 meters. Lower pitchers grow in an urn-shape with narrow backward flipped lids. The pitchers of N.ampullaria range in color from a light shade of green to dark red. When young, the plant is entirely covered with short, brown hairs.

Interesting Facts: Over 59 aquatic burrowing animal species have been identified in the pitchers of this pitcher plant species. These include the small Matang narrow-mouthed frog (Microhyla nepenthicola) as well as the crab spider (Misumenops nepenthicola).

S P E C I A L  O F F E R

One remaining departure date!

Eco Tour Preview

One remaining departure date for this behind the scenes, intimate experience with orangutans: May 1, 2017.

Take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity while it's still available!  Book your space on a 2017 Eco Tour with Renowned Primatologist & Conservationist  Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas.

Price is USD $5250 per person based on double occupancy
or $875 single supplement for solo travelers.

For more info or to apply: