Getting to Know Our Local Scholars   Recently updated !

By Mariamah Achmad, Conservation Education Manager For the past month, the GPOCP office in Ketapang has been alive with youthful chatter as we had our Bornean Orangutan Caring Scholarship (BOCS) recipients here to participate in their internship as part of their scholarship requirement. The BOCS is designed for local students in the Gunung Palung landscape […]



Close Encounters with Alfred and Walimah

By Cheryl Knott, GPOCP Executive Director     It’s dark now and Walimah has finally made her nest and gone to bed.  Hassan and Sahril are giving the tree an aluminum tag with the number 79589. It’s hard to believe that the study site has that many tagged trees – most of them representing where […]

Appreciating Forest Mega-Flora

By Kat Scott, Research Manager Hailing from the UK, I am used to ancient oak woodlands and man-made pine forests. Until coming to Borneo, I assumed that apart from the redwoods in America, British trees were the biggest that there were. However, having worked in Kalimantan for the past few years, I have quickly realized […]


GPOCP staff Feb 2016

Reflections on Two Years in Ketapang

By Cassie Freund, GPOCP Program Director     I’ve been here in Ketapang as the GPOCP Program Director for 25 months now, with just a handful of days to go until I hand over the keys to the GPOCP castle (so to speak!) and return to the US to start my PhD at Wake Forest University. The […]

Studying the Gardeners of the Forest

By Andrea Blackburn, Boston University Ph.D. Student After my first year at Boston University, I have just arrived in Indonesia for my first field season as a Ph.D. student, and I am excited to finally be returning to Borneo to follow orangutans! I previously worked as volunteer for nine months studying orangutans at the Tuanan […]

Seedlings emerge from the rainforest floor, the product of seeds that have been "planted" by traveling orangutans.