A Lab(or) of Love

By Zoe Albert, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Boston University My experience with primatology began on the other side of the globe in Costa Rica. Even though I was young and inexperienced, a Tulane PhD candidate saw my drive and passion and took a chance on me. The field proved to be challenging both mentally […]

The Intergenerational Expertise of Women Is Integral for Conservation

By Ranti Naruri, Sustainable Livelihoods Manager, and Salmah, Sustainable Livelihoods Field Officer The role of women in the use of natural resources brings a fresh perspective to conservation efforts. Women have a closer relationship with the environment around forested areas in terms of their use of Non-Timber Forest Products. Women have always been involved in […]

Cabang Panti: A Wild but Welcoming Beginning

By Tia Mottram, Volunteer Research Assistant It has forever been a goal of mine to be involved in orangutan conservation. Travelling over 7000 miles from Liverpool, England, I am now lucky enough to call Gunung Palung National Park my current home. My trip to the forest began with a 2 hour car journey to Sukadana. As […]

Camera Trapping for Conservation in Village Forests

By Hendri Gunawan, Village Forest Coordinator One of the main strategies GPOCP/Yayasan Palung uses for conserving orangutan habitat is the Hutan Desa, or Village Forest, initiative. We help local communities in the greater Gunung Palung landscape secure legal rights to the forest land they have traditionally tended to. Once this formal recognition is achieved, we […]

A Look Back at 2023 for the Research Program

By Ahmad Rizal, Research Manager First, we, the research team, would like to wish you a Happy New Year 2024!! It is always our goal that our orangutan research produces more and more knowledge each year so that we can better protect orangutans and their forests. While we are looking forward to starting 2024 at […]

GPOCP/Yayasan Palung’s Keluarga Besar (Big Family) Continues Annual Meeting Tradition

By Edi Rahman, Field Director GPOCP/Yayasan Palung consists of 5 major programs: (1) Research (2) Environmental Education (3) Animal Protection (4) Sustainable Livelihoods and (5) Village Forests. All these programs have the ultimate goal of supporting the conservation of orangutans and their habitat in Ketapang and North Kayong Districts as well as in Gunung Palung […]