Studying the Gardeners of the Forest   Recently updated !

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.

BOCS recipient, Victor Samudra (second from right) signs his scholarship agreement

Shaping a New Conservation Generation

By Cassie Freund, Program Director On June 26th, GPOCP awarded six new Bornean Orangutan Caring Scholarships, bringing the total number of young conservationists that we support to an impressive 19 students. This program, known in Indonesia as the BOCS, is a university scholarship program funded by the Orang Utan Republik Foundation and Orangutan Outreach. GPOCP […]

The Case of the Missing Flanged Males

By Agus Trianto, Botanical Research Assistant Last fall, especially the months of October and November, were very interesting months at Cabang Panti Research Station. During this period, we found a total of five flanged male orangutans in our study area. Almost every day we could hear long calls, and we even heard them at night […]


Edward Tang and a team from Nipah Kuning village collect tree diversity data from one of 10 total transects surveyed as part of the rapid survey in the Paduan River community forest area.

All Hands on Deck for Hutan Desa

By Cassie Freund, Program Director The Community Forest Initiative, or Hutan Desa, as it is known in Indonesia, is one of GPOCP’s core orangutan conservation programs. For the past two years we have been working with over 90 people in five villages to the north of Gunung Palung National Park, helping them through the process […]

Mapping for Orangutan Conservation

By Dr. Amanda West, GPOCP GIS Consultant Last year, I was recruited by GPOCP to evaluate critical habitat for the Bornean orangutan in and around Gunung Palung National Park. Map results from this research will provide explicit geographic information that can be used to enhance monitoring efforts and conservation planning in the region. This month, […]

Workshop participants, Uray (Natural Resources Conservation Agency - Kayong Utara) and Roni (Gunung Palung National Park) practice taking GPS points during the training.