My Half-Century Journey from Curiosity to Concern for the “persons of the forest”

“It has been my privilege and passion to have known and served these critically endangered persons of the forest for fifty years”

Children's book (co-authored):

Princess-based on a true story of friendship

Other publications: 

Factors Influencing the Variance in Sign Learning Performance by Four Juvenile Orangutans

References for other publications


Speaking on behalf of Sandra in Argentinian Court-2015

Furthest from the Wild

Interviewed by the Kid Conservationist

Raised Human-Princess the Orangutan

More on


The Orangutan Podcast with Anthony Porter

Organization Leadership

Orang Utan Republik Foundation - President

The Orangutan Project-USA - President

Wildlife Conservation International- Board Member

Yayasan Sumatra Hijau Lestari - Advisor

PT Harapan Orangutan Perlindungan Ecosystem - Technical Advisor

If we don’t speak out on behalf of our closest primate relatives, who will?

From what we have learned over the last century, orangutans possess all of the biological, psychological, and behavioral characteristics that endow them with personhood status. As a critically endangered sibling species, we owe each individual orangutan person as well as the small metapopulations of wild orangutans remaining a chance for a better life than what they currently have and to ensure their long-term survival in the forests that they call home.

Contact Me

Orang Utan Republik Foundation, Inc.

2309 Santa Monica Blvd. #828
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 401-6602