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Director: Dr. Birute Galdikas
Mission: Conservation of orangutans and rain forest; education and outreach regarding orangutans including International Orangutan Awareness Week (November), occasional conferences on great apes, wildlife research on wild populations of wild orangutans; medical care, rehabilitation; sanctuary and repatriation of orangutans; supports the Orangutan Research and Conservation Program in Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Kalimantan; supports the Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine facility in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan.
Principal Research Programs: Long-term behavioral and ecological studies if wild orangutans in Tanjung Puting National Park, Central Indonesian Borneo; Care and treatment of ex-captive orangutans in cooperation with Indonesian Nature Conservation department.
Training Opportunities: OFI sponsors 11-day Study and Support Tours. Ecotourism program enables participant to experience limited field training as wild orangutans is located and followed for several days. Three-week Field STUDY-Volunteer Program. Participants assist Foundation in improving the infrastructure in and around Tanjung Puting National Park and the Lamandau Reserve. Undergraduate and graduate students can apply for limited, competitive fellowships through OFI.
Number of Staff: 4
Associated Field Sites: Camp Leakey, Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia. Camp Siswoyo, Lamandau Reserve, Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia. Contact: Dr. Birute Galdikas; Orangutan Care Center and Quarantine, Pangkalan Bun, Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia. Contact: Dr. Birute Galdikas.
Publications: "Pongo Quest" (online and annual)
Comments: The oldest and most well known orangutan field studies with Dr. Louis Leakey's choice as researcher: Dr. Birute Galdikas.
Last Updated: 2009-05-23
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