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Return to Childhood Wonder


During the car ride from the Orangutan Care Center and Qurantine to the port town of Kumai, I sat on the edge of my seat and could not wipe the silly grin off of my face. I was on the way to the place which I had dreamed of for so long! Soon I found myself wedged in between a speedboat driver and Dr. Galdikas. As we crossed Kumai Bay, an estuary on the Java Sea, and progressed on to the Sekonyer River and Tanjung Puting National Park, I had to remind myself not to hold my breath. The boat sped through nipa palm forest, where the massive palm fronds slapped together in the wind like whispered applause. Eventually we entered the more biologically diverse peat swamp forest, where the acidic water was now completely black and reflective. The trip took well over an hour but did not seem long enough. I could not stop smiling and crying tears of joy as my dream came true.


But things only got more interesting when we arrived at Camp Leakey... Click here to read the full story by OFI Communications Volunteer Emily Patton.








In this Issue
  • Orangutan of the Month: Montana 
  • News from the Field: Four Orangutan Females Released! 
  • Jungle Corner: Spiny Terrapin
  • Conservation Partners: Welcome OF Canada and OFI Australia!
  • Upcoming Events:
    Join us for "Philly Run Wild" and "Curious Orange?"  


of the Month: 
Mighty Montana


Meet one of the biggest and most loved residents of the Care Center. Read more.



Join Us in Philadelphia!

April 28, 2013

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Join Us in Calgary!

April 28, 2013 

Curious Orange?

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News from the Field


By Emily Patton

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Jungle Corner 

 Spiny terrapin, spiny turtle  

Heosemys spinosa 

Taxonomy: Animalia; Chordata; Reptilia; Testudines; Geoemydidae 


Threat Status: Endangered (onthe IUCN Red List)   

Distribution: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand 


Ecology: The spiny terrapin is believed to be herbivorous in the wild, choosing to eat fallen fruit and vegetation. 


Habitat: Spiny terrapins are semi-aquatic and live in lowland and hill rainforests. They are typically found in either shallow streams or forest floor leaf litter. 


Morphology: The spiny terrapin gets its name from its sharp, spiky-edged carapace and spiny keel. While these spines are heavily serrated during its juvenile years, they slowly wear down as the terrapin ages. It is believed that these spines act as a deterrent to predators, such as snakes. The spiny terrapin has a distinctive yellow to red spot behind the eye and a speckling of similar-colored spots on its legs. This combination of colors helps camouflage it on the forest floor. 


Interesting Fact: It is believed that the mating behaviors of male spiny terrapins are brought on by rain. Although there has been little observation of this in the wild, in captivity spraying males with water has resulted in them trying to mate with females. 


Conservation Partners 


 Welcome, "Sister Organizations"


We are excited to announce the formation of two new global "sister organizations" in Australia and Canada, which will be working in partnership with Orangutan Foundation International and Dr. Birut´┐Ż Mary Galdikas to help save endangered orangutans from extinction. 
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Orangutan Foundation International-Australia was originally created to support OFI's Rawa Kuno Legacy Forest Campaign, and in a few short months successfully raised $250,000, forever preserving 2,500 acres critical orangutan habitat!  Their outreach and fundraising work for OFI continues in earnest.  Visit the OFI-A website at: ofiaustralia.com for information about their ongoing projects.
OF Canada new logo
Orangutan Foundation Canada seeks to educate the Canadian public, school children,and government entities about orangutans, tropical rain forests, and the threats to wild orangutan survival and their forest habitats. OFC was created to enable concerned Canadians to contribute directly to these efforts through a Canadian foundation. OF Canada is hosting the upcoming "Curious Orange?" event in Calgary. Visit OFC's website at orangutancanada.ca to learn more.
Thank you OFI-Australia and OF Canada!
For information on ways you or your business or organization can support OFI's work, please contact Hollis Burbank-Hammarlund, OFI Director of Development at [email protected]


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