The mission of the Orang Utan Republik Education Initiative (OUREI) is to support, coordinate and facilitate conservation education, outreach programs, and other innovative collaborative projects regarding the endangered wild orangutan so that it will be saved from extinction.


The purpose of OUREI is to transform the attitudes, values and beliefs of local Indonesians who impact wild orangutan populations in culturally appropriate ways such that they become the caretakers of the species and their rain forest habitat. To accomplish that OUREI, in partnership with its Indonesian affiliate (OUREI Indonesia), established the Orangutan Caring Club to conduct education, outreach & tree-planting programs in schools and village communities near orangutan habitat. Through the Caring Club, the OUREI works with local people to reduce their conflict with neighboring wildlife as well as improving their livelihood with alternative activities. The Republik also provides scholarships, internships, and fellowships to promote higher education. The Republik conducts ecotours and is engaged in policy with other groups to speak out for the orangutan. At the same time, the Republik promotes education in the United States through volunteer outreach.