Help Save Critically Endangered Orangutans With Ed Begley Jr. & Honorees At The Pongo Awards On June 27th In Culver City, CA; Purchase Your Tickets Today!

The Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF), along with actor and environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr., is set to honor individuals during the 6th Annual Pongo Environmental Awards on Thursday, June 27th from 7:00pm to 10:30pm at the Playa Studios in Culver City, California.

The highly-anticipated event is dedicated to honoring individuals, organizations, and projects that have contributed to the better understanding and appreciation of orangutans, endangered species, and rainforest habitat as well as for improving conditions for orangutans and other animals.

A co-production of OURF and The Orangutan Project (TOP), the Pongo Awards raise funds to help save wild critically endangered orangutans from extinction.

This year’s recipients of the 6th Annual Pongo Environmental Awards include:

  • Series producers Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey for Netflix’s “Our Planet”

  • Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and its Executive Director Justin Winters for sustained and significant environmental activism and philanthropy

  • Dr. Anne Russon, for her 30 years of cognitive and behavioral studies of the Bornean orangutan

  • Tom Johnson and The Gecko Project for investigative journalism uncovering the corrupt aspects of Bornean politics and palm oil

  • A special award will also go to international orangutan expert, Australian Leif Cocks, for sustained advocacy supporting orangutan survival in Indonesia. TOP-president and founder and OURF vice president, Cocks will also be signing copies of his new book, “Finding Our Humanity,” an uncommon journey into what the great apes, our tribal past, and a more philosophical approach to life can teach us about humanity.

The evening gala will also feature surprise celebrity appearances, vegan food by celebrity chef Bruce Kalman, an open bar, musical entertainment by LA-based Australian band Desert Sparrow, and live and silent auctions with unique and exclusive items.

Previous Pongo Award recipients have included Ed Begley, Jr., Dr. Jane Goodall, orangutan expert Dr. Cheryl Knott, Professor and climate advocate Michael Mann, the producers of the film “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” and more.

The Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) is a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity created to save wild orangutans through education initiatives and innovative, collaborative projects. It also serves as the United States chapter of The Orangutan Project expanding its reach and support to over a dozen orangutan support organizations in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Tickets to The Pongo Awards are limited, purchase yours today HERE!

If you are not able to attend the event, you can still help Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) give the orangutans in Sumatra and Borneo their best chance of survival by donating HERE!

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