Orangutan Foundation International
Dr. Birute M. Galdikas, the Founder and current President of Orangutan Foundation International (O.F.I), has been working to save orangutans and their habitat for more than 30 years!!
O.F.I. is a 501(c)(3) public-benefit corporation with chapters in four countries: United States, Australia, Great Britain, and Indonesia. We are also registered as an official charity in the Zazzle community !
OFI's mission is to support the conservation and the understanding of orangutans and their habitat, tropical rainforest in Southeast Asia, while caring for and rehabilitating ex-captive orangutans for release into the wild. In order to preserve forest ecosystems, we empower local communities in Borneo through economic development and education initiatives. We raise awareness of orangutan and forest issues throughout the world through field research, publication of books, scientific reports, articles, and newsletters as well as lectures, conferences, events, and seminars.
In 1971, Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas arrived in the Tanjung Puting Reserve in Indonesian Borneo. After one year, she set up Camp Leakey which houses the research of many students and scientists. Camp Leakey was once the rehabilitation center for ex-captive orangutans. Today only a few orangutans, released into forests during the 1970' s, exist in that area. The rehabilitation center is located in a different area of the Tanjung Puting National Park. We currently have approximately 350 orangutans in the center.
Orangutan Foundation International has volunteer opportunities available for active individuals who want to get their hands dirty and help save one of the earth's most bio-diverse areas. Why not consider applying for one of the summer volunteer groups or join us in October for a fun fun in the Los Angeles area. All details can be found at www.orangutan.org
Check out opportunities or adopt an orphan orangutan or purchase trees to replant previously destroyed areas of the rainforest habitat - - all of this and more at OFI's website www.orangutan.org
Please consider entering a design contest for a design that would go on my car and become part of my 2002 TDI (49mpg) VW Bug art car. I will either paint this design myself (so consider it will be free handed in all likelihood. 2/3 chance), or possibly I would have a pro airbrush this. It would be cool if it is not super hard to reproduce and is somewhat abstract and organic. I like lots of color, but am interested in any really fun design. The winner(s) designs would have your website referenced on the car. I reserve the right to use more than one design, and to use my own somewhere on the car. Oh, and what will you win? I will give you a $25.00 gift certificate on zazzle. I miss having a real art car. Here are a few pictures of my original art car. It had clouds and one bird for perspective on top.