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The Orchid Ark takes a new step forward

June 6, 2011

The Orchid Ark was created just two months ago and is expanding rapidly. Yesterday we decided that the Orchid Ark should be a non-profit entity, separate from Dokmai Garden. Thereby we avoid conflicting activities (business versus conservation). Neither the Orchid Ark nor Dokmai Garden will be involved in orchid sales. Dokmai Garden is still the biggest benefactor of the Orchid Ark.

Mark Sullivan of the Orchid Conservation Coalition (OCC) kindly invited the Orchid Ark to join the OCC, which we did yesterday. This organization has been active for eight years, aiming at orchid conservation worldwide by asking companies to contribute with 1% of their profit.

The Orchid Ark’s collection is hosted at Dokmai Garden, but can be moved if the ownership of Dokmai Garden changes hands, unless the new owners wish to carry on.

We make it clear that if ownership changes hands due to sudden death of the Dokmai Garden owners, the Orchid Ark’s orchid collection can be claimed by the Singapore Botanic Gardens and the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden and other Orchid Arks in Thailand, Laos or Burma (today there are none). The split of the orchids should be made by discussions involving representatives of all parties. Dokmai Garden’s accountant will inform the parties if such an event occurs.

Eric Danell, Ketsanee Seehamongkol

Bulbophyllum sutepense (Orchidaceae)? With donations the Orchid Ark can build up a decent orchid library to make proper identifications.

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