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Spirit of Indonesia

Help save orangutans and their forest home and own a piece of unique art!

Bid online now for our beautiful and unique orangutan, ‘Spirit of Indonesia’,  which is part of Jungle City Edinburgh 2011.

Spirit of Indonesia front

The design is based on traditional Indonesian batik entwined with the biodiversity of the orangutan’s rainforest habitat.

Proceeds from the auction of Spirit of Indonesia will support our vital work.

Happy bidding and good luck!

Spirit of Indonesia – Jungle City

‘Spirit of Indonesia’ is our beautiful orangutan that has been hand painted by Scottish artisit, Lex McFadyen. It is part of Scotland’s biggest ever outdoor art exhibition – Jungle City Edinburgh 2011 run by the charity, Elephant Family.

Online bidding for the sculptures begins on 22nd September until 2nd October 2011. Proceeds from the auction of  ‘Spirit of Indonesia’ will go to the Orangutan Foundation.

Spirit of Indonesia low res

‘Spirit of Indonesia’ in St Andrew Square – Lex’s intricate design was inspired by traditional Indonesian batik motif into which he entwined the biodiversity of the orangutan’s rainforest habitat.

Spirit of Indonesia - back view

Spirit of Indonesia front


Our utmost thanks go to Paterson Arran, the Scottish food manufacturers, who have sponsored Spirit of Indonesia.

Own a unique piece of art (Spirit of Indonesia) and help save orangutans!

Painting Orangutans

Orangutan Foundation member, Jacha continues to raise vital fund and awareness for us through his wonderful art. Jacha’s latest activities involved a week-long visit to Merchiston Castle School, in Edinburgh.

 Jacha, a full-time artist, is passionate about conservation and has a great love of animals. A trip with the Orangutan Foundation to Borneo had a deep affect on him and inspired his collection of orangutan paintings, which have sold worldwide. He has his own gallery space in the Alpine Coffee Shop  and Gallery, Betws-y-Coed, North Wales.

Jacha and students







Photo above: Jacha and students.

The Merchiston school were thrilled to have Jacha for the week, taking art classes and speaking at the School assembly.   Jacha spent much time in the Art Centre, where his enthusiasm rubbed of on the pupils and staff alike.

Jacha also painted one of his ‘orangutan’ portraits so all were very interested to watch the piece evolve over two days. During Jacha’s stay he spoke to the Fourth and Sixth Form about threats to orangutan habitat and hightlighted the impacts of the palm oil industry.

 The School also hosted ‘An Evening with Artist Jacha Potgieter’ which included dinner and live music for parents, Sixth Form pupils and staff.   The school and Jacha raised £1,500 for the Orangutan Foundation – a fantastic effort all roEvening with Jachaund! 






Photo above: An evening with Jacha

A huge thank you to the school and Jacha for making a difference and raising vital funds and awareness.

Thanks for your support!

Orangutan Foundation


Buy our beautiful blue elephant and help save orangutans too!

Eko (lot 195), our beautiful blue and gold hand-painted elephant is up for auction as part of Elephant Parade London 2010.

Own this original piece of artwork by Paul Kidby, the artist and illustrator of Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books and the Orangutan Foundation will receive 70% of the total. Eko finished

Eko the Orangutan Foundation’s elephant – photo by Paul Kidby

Though we will be sad to see him go the funds raised will be used to support our vital conservation work in Borneo and Sumatra.

If you would like to bid for Eko (lot number 195) in person then why not attend the Grand Elephant Auction at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.  To purchase a ticket please contact Georgina Dunsford on [email protected] or phone 0207 580 3184 / 0774 7402 970.  Tickets are £75 and include a delicious spread and live jazz.   If you are unable to attend, phone bidding can be arranged.

You need to register your maximum bid online by 2pm on the 2nd of July 2010 when the online auction for this elephant will close.

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Thank you and good luck!