News & Events
Higher education to Indonesian student, November 2010
Pongo Foundation covered university yearly fees and
provided an allowance to Misdi, a former local assistant at the Ketambe
who wished to proceed his studies in Forestry and Biology Education at
the STIK University in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.
Education to tourists, follow Sabrina in Sumatra, August 2010
Sabrina Reinders, Volunteer Coordinator of Pongo Foundation, will
provide tourists information at Bukit Lawang on correct forest
conduct for orangutan sighting, during the month of August. While
eco-tourism has been invoked as a modern tool for conciliating
infrastructure and economic development with the conservation of
local natural resources, its inappropriate practice by uninstructed
guides and misinformed tourists has created serious problems to
the welfare of wild and semi-wild orangutan in Bukit Lawang forest.
By instructing tourists in a brief and useful way before the start
of their visit, we will try to minimize human impact in this red
ape population but maximize the unique experience of tourists during
their stay in this village. This initiative will be implemented
in collaboration with the OIC (Orangutan Information Center). To
follow Sabrina Reinders during her work in Sumatra, please visit,
pongosabrina.waarbenjij.nu (in Dutch).
Puppet show "Theatre in the Forest" in three Sumatran
villages was a great success, July 2010
To read more, click here.
Pongo Congress Award attributed to outstanding Indonesian Conservationist,
Panut Hadisiswoyo will attend, with this
support, to the XXIII Congress of the International Primatological
Society in Kyoto (September 2010),
Japan. Together with colleagues, they will give a presentation
focusing on the (positive and negative) effects of wildlife tourism
on a wild and semi-wild orangutan population in Bukit Lawang, Indonesia.
First Pongo TV Spot produced by Pecto Productions, April 2010.
The TV Spot is composed of authentic wild
footage filmed by Madeleine Hardus and can be viewed on YouTube.
Pongo Foundation starts fundraising for the campaign "Theatre
in the Forest", March 2010.
Orangutan study by Pongo members is classified in the Top
100 discoveries of 2009, January 2010.
The publication of the newest data on orangutan communicative
abilities in the wild (New & Events, August 2009) is
considered in the 58th position among the ideas and breakthroughs
that are reshaping our understanding of the world. To read
more click here.
Pongo Foundation formally created the Pongo Congress Award
for Indonesian individuals, January 2010.
With this award the foundation is committed in providing
Indonesian students, researchers and conservationists with
the opportunity to exchange expertise with international
scientists, stimulating the quality of their work
to meet international and scientific standards. To see application