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The 6th Annual Pongo Awards - Los Angeles, CA

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Playa Studios

11260 Playa Court

Culver City, CA 90230

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Honoring and uniting the brightest minds in rainforest and orangutan conservation.

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Honorees and Speakers

  • The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and LDF Executive Director Justin Winters
  • Netflix Award-Winning Series “Our Planet” and Producers Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey
  • The Gecko Project and Founder Tom Johnson
  • Renowned Orangutan Researcher Anne Russon
  • Orangutan Expert and Author Leif Cocks

Hosted by Actor and Environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr and Dr. Gary Shapiro.

5-Star Vegan Menu by James Beard-Nominated Chef Bruce Kalman

Live Music by Desert Sparrow

Keynote Speaker Leif Cocks

World-renowned orangutan expert and founder of The Orangutan Project and Orang Utan Republik Foundation vice president Cocks will be signing copies of his brand 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 our humanity.The Pongo Awards honor individuals for environmental achievement, activism, news, television, advocacy, and orangutan conservation.

The evening, now in its sixth year, raises funds for Orang Utan Republik Foundation & The Orangutan Project to save wild critically endangered orangutans from extinction and is dedicated to honoring individuals, organizations, and projects that have contributed to the improved understanding and appreciation of orangutans, endangered species, rainforest habitat, and for improving conditions for orangutans and other animals.

This year’s 2019 recipients of the 6th Annual Pongo Environmental Awards include:

  • Netflix and producers Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey for “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 go to international orangutan expert, Leif Cocks, for sustained advocacy supporting orangutan survival in Indonesia.

The evening gala will also feature surprise celebrity appearances, an open bar, live and silent auctions with unique and exclusive items

Previous Pongo Award Recipients include:

Dr. Jane Goodall

Louie Psihoyos, "Racing Extinction"

Fisher Stevens

Bill Weir

The Orang Utan Republik Foundation (OURF) is a 501(c)(3) publicly supported charity with a mission to save wild orangutans through education initiatives and innovative, collaborative projects. www.orangutanrepublik.org

The Orangutan Project , the world’s leading orangutan conservation organization, funds and supports a variety of conservation initiatives in Indonesia and Malaysia www.theorangutanproject.org

Proceeds Will Benefit The Orang Utan Republik Foundation and The Orangutan Project

Tickets include valet parking to make the evening easier.

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