Orangutan Project Founder Leif Cocks North American Tour Stops In Huntington July 11

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Orangutan Project founder and world-renowned orangutan expert Leif Cocks

The Orangutan Project, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to orangutan conservation and welfare, has announced world-renowned orangutan expert Leif Cocks will be traveling to North America this summer as part of a tour promoting his latest book, Finding Our Humanity, which explores the shared connections between humanity and great apes.

Cocks has spent the past 30 years working with orangutans, developing conservation plans for their protection and survival.

“I spend a great deal of my time in the jungle, surveying the heartbreaking damage caused by rampant deforestation of the orangutans’ home, usually to make way for palm oil and other agricultural plantations,” Cocks said. “Our focus—and the majority of my time—is spent protecting remaining rainforest so wild orangutan populations can thrive in safety.

Cocks’ tour will begin in Los Angeles in late June. Over the next month, he’ll make several stops across the U.S. and Canada, including Vancouver, Toronto and New York.

The Long Island gala will be held July 11 at the Harbor Club at Prime in Huntington Harbor and will feature 100 percent ethical and vegan catering. Cocks will provide the night’s keynote address before signing copies of his newest book, Finding Our Humanity.

The event also includes an audience-led Q&A panel, where Cocks will be joined by two environmental change-makers, and a selection of live and silent auction items which will directly contribute to orangutan conservation.

For more information and tickets, visit finding-our-humanity-ny.eventbrite.com.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to travel to the U.S. and Canada to meet with like-minded people who care about the plight of critically endangered orangutans as much as we do, because without our shared passion and efforts, their days in the wild are numbered,” Cocks said. “I welcome the opportunity to make this a global discussion because we must take action now if we hope to stop these threats and save the unique beings who share our planet, including our gentle, deep thinking and highly sentient cousins, the critically endangered orangutan.”

Finding Our Humanity delves into the author’s own experiences with great apes and encourages the reader to consider how a “philosophical approach to life can teach us about our humanity.” By combining science, philosophy and real-life stories, Cocks offers the reader a compelling case for shifting how we see, think and act in the world.

Cocks’ previous books include Orangutans and their Battle for Survival in 2002 and Orangutans: My Cousins, My Friends in 2016.

The Orangutan Project is a nonpartisan organization that collaborates with several orangutan conservation projects on the ground in Indonesia to support the conservation and rehabilitation of orangutans and the preservation of their forest habitat. Founded by world-renowned orangutan expert Leif Cocks, The Orangutan Project’s goal is to ensure the survival of the orangutan species in their natural habitat. For more information, visit www.theorangutanproject.org.

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