News from the field


Life as a Botanical Assistant

By Rinta Islami, GPOCP Botanical Assistant   Maybe some of you are familiar with Gunung Palung National Park (GPNP). It is located here in West Kalimantan, in the regencies of Ketapang and Kayong Utara. GPNP is one of the last primary rainforests in the world and is home to millions of plants and animals, including […]


Orangutans and Their Games

By Dr. Erin Kane, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Boston University and GPOCP   Imagine, if you will, that you have traveled halfway around the world with the intention of studying a large, mostly solitary, primate. You have prepared for this moment for years, and there you are, finally, in the Bornean rainforest. You plot out your path […]


From Diana Monkeys to Orangutans

By Dr. Erin Kane, GPOCP Post-Doc Researcher   When I sat down on the third of five planes taking me from Boston to the Bornean rainforest, the lady sitting next to me smiled and started making small talk. “I’m visiting family in Jakarta! And what brings you to Indonesia?” I gave her the short and […]


Meet Dania

By Dania Abizaid, GPOCP Research Volunteer   My name is Dania Abizaid, I’m 23 years old and come from Baja California, Mexico. Ever since I was a child, I felt a strong attraction towards nature and its wonders, and was lucky enough that my parents encouraged this, even though they sometimes didn´t appreciate me climbing […]


Satu Pohon (One Tree)

By Brodie Philp, GPOCP Research Manager   With over 60 kilometers of trails surrounding Cabang Panti Research Station, the search for orangutans can range far and wide. Often, individual trees of a particular species are fruiting at the same time or fruiting may be concentrated in a particular habitat. So a lot of our energy […]