News from the field


Using Drone Imagery to Estimate Orangutan Populations

By Beth Barrow, Conservation Research Director Our team just spent over a year in the field carrying out an orangutan population survey inside Gunung Palung National Park. This wasn’t just your average population survey though; this one was designed to compare traditional methods with a new method using drone technology. Traditionally, observers walk line transects […]


My Daily Life in Another World

By Sumihadi, Field Laboratory Assistant My name is Sumihadi, but most people call me Sumi. I currently work as a Laboratory Assistant at Cabang Panti. I’m an alumna of the Department of Biology at Tanjungpura University in Pontianak, Indonesia. I am also one of the 2014 recipients of the West Bornean Orangutan Caring Scholarship (WBOCS). […]


Counting Orangutans: Completing our Nest and Phenology Survey in Gunung Palung National Park

By Andre Ronaldo, GPOCP Botanist For the past year we have been conducting a survey to estimate the population of wild orangutans in Gunung Palung National Park. In order to estimate the orangutan population, we can count the number of nests in trees along transects throughout the park. Because orangutans sleep in a nest each night, and […]


Off to University after Three Years as a Field Lab Assistant

By Muhammad Syainullah, Field Laboratory Assistant I first went to Cabang Panti Research Station in April 2017. I had been a conservation volunteer at the Yayasan Palung (GPOCP) office through the youth group Relawan Konservasi Taruna Penjaga Alam (RK-TAJAM) for almost three years. During this time I campaigned to save orangutans and the forest, even though […]