News from the field


Inauguration of the New Cabang Panti Research Station

By Edi Rahman, Field Director, Petrus Kanisius, Communications Officer, and Cheryl Knott, Executive Director The Cabang Panti Research Station, in Gunung Palung National Park, is home to our long-term orangutan research project. Recognized by the United Nations Great Ape Survival Project as a conservation priority area, GPNP and the surrounding forests are one of the […]


The Year in Review

By Natalie Robinson, Program Coordinator and Cheryl Knott, Executive Director Although 2020 has been an unprecedented year in many ways, we’ve been fortunate to keep busy at GPOCP, and have made great strides towards the conservation of wild orangutans. To kick off the year, we held our annual meeting in January. Our conservation and research […]


A New Journey During the Pandemic

By Ahmad Rizal My name is Ahmad Rizal. I am working with the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program as the Assistant Field Research Manager. I work at the Cabang Panti Research Station, located in Gunung Palung National Park, West Kalimantan. Gunung Palung has some of the best flora and fauna diversity in Indonesia, and one […]


My Trip to My Second Home

By Wahyu Susanto, Research Director On August 25, 2020 I made a trip to return to the tropical rainforest of Gunung Palung National Park, where Cabang Panti Research Station has become my second home. This trip was the first time I had been out of Jakarta, where I live, in 8 months during the COVID-19 […]


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 […]