From Reading to Research, My Path to Borneo

By Victoria Zdanowicz, Student Researcher I have always been drawn to nature and its change over time, but it was not until I stumbled into Dr. Cheryl Knott’s office at Boston University in search of a job, that I learned about the wonders of wild orangutans and the forests they call home. I remember sitting […]



West Bornean Orangutan Caring Scholarship 2022 Award Night and Student Profiles

By Petrus Kanisius, Environmental Education and Communications Officer On Monday June 6, an award night was held at the Hotel Nevada Ketapang for the 6 recipients of the 2022 West Bornean Orangutan Caring Scholarship (WBOCS). During the award night, the 6 WBOCS recipients signed a scholarship agreement with Yayasan Palung/GPOCP and the Orang Utan Republik Foundation. In addition […]



Welcoming a New Baby Orangutan to the Cabang Panti Research Station Family

By Ahmad Rizal, Research Manager On May 10, the research team hiked back to Cabang Panti Research Station to resume work after a two-week break for the Idul Fitri holiday. The next day, all the field research assistants started searching for new orangutans to follow and resumed phenology monitoring as well. That same day, one […]



Environmental Education and Conservation Awareness Expedition to Two Customary Forest Villages

By Widiya Octa Selfiany, Environmental Education and Conservation Awareness Manager Our Environmental Education and Conservation Awareness program carried out an expedition, from May 17-21, in the Padu Banjar and Pulau Kumbang Customary Forests. Padu Banjar and Pulau Kumbang are villages located in Simpang Hilir District, Kayong Utara Regency, in West Kalimantan (Borneo). The expedition was […]



Assessing the Habitat Quality of Customary Forests for Orangutans

By Andre Ronaldo, Botanist and Survey Coordinator Hutan Desa (which directly translates to “village forests”) are forests where the community has been given management rights with the aim of preserving the forest and the welfare of the surrounding community. Hutan Desa play an important role in supporting the preservation of biodiversity, including the survival of various types of […]



Saving Orangutans with the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program

By Alejandro Merritt, GPOCP Intern I am a senior in high school from San Francisco, California. For just about a year, I have worked remotely with the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program. It has been amazing. In this time period I have had the opportunity to work on numerous projects to benefit endangered orangutans from […]