Join us as we look into the darkest depths of the rainforest to explore the fascinating lives of two jungle apes – the orangutan and the gibbon. Ape researchers, Dr Susan Cheyne and Klara Wanelik, will be filling us in on these mysterious creatures, as well as discussing what it’s really like to work in the jungle.
Dr Susan Cheyne and Klara Wanelik are involved with the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Research Project.
The Orangutan Tropical Peatland Research Project works to protect one of the most important areas of tropical rainforest in Borneo – the Sabangau Forest in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. We monitor the distribution, population status, behaviour and ecology of the forest’s flagship ape species – the orangutan and agile gibbon – carry out biodiversity and forestry research, provide scientific feedback to conservation managers, and work with our local partners to implement successful conservation programmes. Our research and volunteer program has been running since 2001 and is a focus for local conservation efforts, providing much-needed employment and financial benefits for the local community and replacing illegal logging as the main activity and source of income in the northern Sabangau Forest.