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Huffington Post: Schoolkids Write Book About Orphaned Orangutan

Henry Kurzawa and Maeve Igoe, PS 107 5th graders, celebrate the successful rescue of orphaned orangutan Budi while reading their newly published book. Photo courtesy of Ericka Novotny.   THE BLOG  07/28/2016  Laurel Neme Author and freelance journalist  Writing in “first person orangutan” isn’t easy. Just ask 10-year-old Caroline Mulcahy, a fifth grader at P.S. 107…

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Huffington Post: Orangutan Rescue in Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem

      By Laurel Neme Author and freelance journalist   Medical check of orangutan. Photo courtesty of Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) The adolescent orangutan was on his way to becoming the illegal pet of a police lieutenant in Jakarta in 2004 when a team from the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) and the Ministry of Forestry’s Conservation…

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Huffington Post: By Legal Means: Protecting Key Orangutan Habitat Through the Courts

  04/19/2016  By Laurel Neme Author and freelance journalist Many developing countries have fairly good environmental laws against deforestation and to protect threatened species, such as orangutans. However, environmental crimes are often not prosecuted.A key example is Indonesia’s Tripa peat swamp forest, which from 2007 was actively cleared by oil palm companies in direct violation of…

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Mongabay.com: Tripa’s Trials: protecting key orangutan habitat through the courts

First posted on 2016-04-13 Mongabay Series: Great Apes 13th April 2016 / Laurel A. Neme Prime Sumatran orangutan habitat is under attack by oil palm companies, but conservation NGOs are learning to use the law to halt that destruction. Many developing countries, such as Indonesia, have fairly good environmental laws against deforestation and protecting threatened species, such as orangutans.…

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Mongabay.com: Leuser’s Legacy: how rescued orangutans help assure species survival

30th March 2016 / Laurel A. Neme Mongabay.com Meet two blind orangutans: Leuser and Gober, their offspring, and the people of the SOCP rescue group. Together they’re creating a future for Indonesian orangutans. Agribusiness is rapidly razing the prime forest habitat of Sumatra’s 14,600 remaining orangutans; replacing it with vast stretches of oil palm plantation. The species’…

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Shop so Orangutans don’t Drop

From JeffCorwinConnect.com Laurel NemeJuly 14, 2011   Next time you shop, consider orangutans. While U.S. grocery stores may be physically far from the rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia, where these endangered primates live, the impact of supermarkets on orangutan survival is not so distant. About one in every ten products on your grocery store shelves…

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Mongabay.com: Teaching orangutans to be wild – orangutan rehabilitation

By Laurel Neme, special to mongabay.com December 15, 2010     This interview aired in on April 4, 2010 and November 22, 2010). It was transcribed by Ben Kennedy. Part 2 of 2. Part 1: The problem-solving ape: what makes orangutans special and why they are threatened   Michelle Desilets, Executive Director of the Orangutan Land Trust, spoke…

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