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Zoo visitors, staff and volunteers LOVE Sofie, the Zoo’s baby orangutan who was born in June. But her relatives in the wild are in serious danger of becoming extinct. The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation, headed by Dr. Jamartin Sihite, is saving orangutans every day. Come meet Dr. Sihite and learn about the work they are doing with orangutan conservation, rescue, rehabilitation and release.
When: Sunday, September 2
Time: 11 am to Noon
Where: World of Reptiles Classroom
Cost: FREE with Zoo admisison
Can’t make the presentation? You can still contribute to our efforts by purchasing the Primate Zoodoption special, which directly benefits the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation.
Please RSVP as space is limited
Dr. Jamartin Sihite is a long-time conservation activist with a huge passion and long experience supporting Indonesia’s most famous protected species of orangutans. After achieving his PhD in Environmental Sciences in 2004, Jamartin has held key positions in Putri Naga Komodo, the Orangutan Conservation Services Program, PT. Restorasi Habitat Orangutan Indonesia (RHOI), before assuming the role of CEO of Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation in 2011, and paved the way to release hundreds of rehabilitated orangutans back to the wild forests in Central and East Kalimantan since 2012 – a feat that BOSF had yet to accomplish for the previous 10 years. Dr. Sihite’s visit is part of a tour to U.S. zoos and facilities that house orangutans; he will be commencing the tour after his attendance at AZA’s Orangutan SSP Workshop.