A Year for the Jungle Books

By Tori Bakley, GPOCP Research Assistant As a research assistant for GPOCP, 2019 was a full-immersion into research, conservation, and cultural exploration. I did not visit any of my family or friends during my year with the project, but I did spend every day with incredible new friends in an incredible new place that quickly […]



Our Disney Conservation Hero

By Victoria Gehrke, Conservation Program Director One of GPOCP’s conservation strategies is to work within the heart of local communities, inspiring behavioral change and long-term thinking for wildlife conservation success. Our capacity building model works with villagers to hone in on a craft that interests them and what they assess as beneficial. This ensures continued […]



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 […]