The Orangutan Whisperer

Image above: Orangutan expert Leif Cocks, pictured here when he reconnected with Temara, a zoo born orangutan, three years after her release into the wild.

Join world-renowned Orangutan Whisperer Leif Cocks as we focus on A Future We Can Believe In

Date: Sat, 17 September 5pm (approx. duration 1hr)
Location: Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki Street, Te Aro, Wellington, 6011

For the first time ever, Founder of The Orangutan Project and author of ‘Finding our Humanity’, Leif Cocks, will be visiting Wellington as part of his international speaking tour, ‘A Future We Can Believe In.’  

This is your opportunity to hear firsthand from one of the world’s foremost experts on orangutans. For one night only, Leif will be discussing the future of our planet and the positive steps that we all can take to secure the future for all living things. Joining Leif on the night will be MC, Ian Harcourt, well known New Zealand actor and writer, known for The Water Horse, Black Sheep and What We Do in the Shadows. There will also be a Q&A panel where the audience can ask the panellists questions relating to Leif's presentation or other aspects of conservation.

Leif will provide a unique insight into the work being undertaken by The Orangutan Project and our project partners to safeguard some of our planet’s last rainforest ecosystems and how through direct collective action we can safeguard Critically Endangered orangutans - and create a more stable world for us all.

Leif will also take the opportunity to announce the launch of Forests for People, a new charitable entity in New Zealand, which will directly support development projects and programmes to support indigenous rainforest communities in Indonesia.

Tickets $20


If you have any questions please get in touch

About your host

Leif Cocks is a primatologist with 30+ years experience working with orangutans and has a Masters of science studying orangutans. He led the project to re-introduce the first zoo-born orangutan into the wild, and in 1998 founded The Orangutan Project to secure the survival of Critically Endangered orangutans in their natural habitat.

The Orangutan Project has since contributed millions of dollars into orangutan conservation and has established a distinctive, holistic approach encompassing legally protecting rainforests; securing, restoring and patrolling rainforests; rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing ex-captive orangutans; and educating and empowering local communities and indigenous people.

Leif is the author of several books and academic papers on the subject of orangutan conservation, and his most recent Finding Our Humanity, also explores the fundamental links between our tribal past and our likely future on the planet (Books available on the night).

Last year Cocks was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, one of the country’s highest honours, for his work protecting Critically Endangered orangutans.

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