Conservation team


Orangutan Conservation: Threats, Challenges, and Hope

By Taylor Tench, Senior Wildlife Policy Analyst, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) It is no secret that orangutans are facing a dire conservation outlook. All three orangutan species – the Bornean orangutan, Sumatran orangutan, and Tapanuli orangutan – are Critically Endangered with habitat loss and illegal killing among the main drivers of orangutan population declines. In […]


2022 – A Year of New Beginnings

By Natalie Robinson, Program Coordinator & Cheryl Knott, Executive Director As 2022 comes to an end, we have a new beginning. “Berani”, the orangutan, has had her first baby!  Berani is an adolescent female orangutan that our team has known since 2008, when she was first found with her mother, Bibi. By 2013, Berani had become […]


Celebrating Orangutan Caring Week 2022

By Ranti Naruri, Sustainable Livelihoods Manager Orangutan Caring Week (OCW) is celebrated every November. This year, Yayasan Palung/GPOCP hosted a big celebration at our Bentangor Environmental Education Center, located in Pampang Harapan Village, Sukadana District. The OCW celebration was held from November 15-16, 2022. The Yayasan Palung/GPOCP youth volunteer groups (RK-TAJAM and REBONK) assisted in […]


Providing “Ecoprint” Training to Incorporate Natural Fabric Dye in Handicrafts

By Ranti Naruri, Sustainable Livelihoods Manager GPOCP/Yayasan Palung supports nine Sustainable Livelihood groups in the Kayong Utara Regency, surrounding Gunung Palung National Park. We motivate people to transition to forest friendly livelihoods, such as creating traditional handicrafts, organic farming and aquaculture. Handicraft artisans use weaving techniques to create tikar mats, baskets, bracelets and more. A newer method […]


Back to Gunung Palung

By Cheryl Knott, Executive Director A cacophony of Borneo’s distinctive sounds, from the singing duets of the gibbons to the high-pitched whir of late afternoon cicadas. The damp, earthy smell of the rainforest cycling through its rapid phases of decomposition and regeneration. The light penetrating through the top of the canopy, revealing the soft orange […]


Celebrating World Orangutan Day 2022

By Haning Pertiwi, Environmental Education & Conservation Awareness Officer August 19th was World Orangutan Day (WOD)! Last year, in 2021, due to the pandemic, our activities for WOD were carried out in a simple way, and almost all online. But this year, since most daily activities have returned to normal here in West Kalimantan, Yayasan […]