Daily Archives: January 26, 2020

Using Genetics to Determine Orangutan Paternity

By Amy Scott, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Boston University “One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, satu, dua, tiga, empat, lima, enam, tujuh, delapan…” I count to myself as I fill tubes with chemicals, occasionally counting in Indonesian to keep my mind active. Since October, […]

Highlights from the Decade

By Victoria Gehrke, Conservation Program Director & Cheryl Knott, Executive Director As 2019 draws to a close we wanted to reflect on our last decade of achievements. Our successes are hard won, as change never comes easily and lasting solutions require a patient, adaptive and realistic approach. Our achievements are your achievements as we would never have been […]

Fruitful Orangutan Seed Dispersal

By Andrea Blackburn, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Boston University Orangutans have powerful jaws and teeth adapted for crushing hard food objects. This selection of traits would suggest orangutans are crushing and eating seeds as a main component of their diet. Based on these observations orangutans have been labelled as ‘seed predators’. However, my research […]


By Victoria Gehrke, Conservation Program Director  This year, a humorous, yet somewhat eye opening photo challenge rippled across the internet where you compare something from 2009 to 2019. In short, the #10YearChallenge (hopefully) shows your growth and improvement, and reminds you to never forget your humble beginnings and that time literally flies. The international conservation […]

From Forest Lab to First Conference

By Rinta Islami, GPOCP Lab Assistant Indonesia has the third largest number of primates in the world, after Brazil and Madagascar, and it is our responsibility to protect and safeguard this huge biodiversity asset. There are many ways that we can protect the existence of our primates, but we first need to be aware of what […]

Don’t Forget the Teachers

By Petrus Kanisius, Environmental Education Media  Officer While our Environmental Education program has developed to reach all students from elementary school to Master’s students through puppet shows, lectures, field trips, mentorships, support and scholarships, we also reach out to an often overlooked target demographic for conservation education: teachers! In October, we held the long-awaited Teacher Training workshop […]