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Project information

Inspiring Borneo's Future Conservationists

This project is to ensure a future generation of conservationists to safeguard Borneo’s biodiversity. Orangutan Foundation provides the resources for students to carry out conservation fieldwork. Students can study the biodiversity of rainforests, and learn the importance of their protection.

N/A Project is ongoing

Charity information: Orangutan Foundation

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  • Need


    Future conservationists require a base from which to form their knowledge of best conservation policy and action. It is essential that students and scientists have this knowledge in order to advise governmental bodies and organisations on the importance of protecting habitats based on evidence acquired. For Indonesia’s wealth of biodiversity to be protected, future conservationists need to gain field experience. Where better to gain experience than a site in the heart of a tropical rainforest.


    Research is a vital component of conservation. Discoveries of rare species or previously unseen behaviour helps to gather evidence for why the forest and its wildlife need continued protection. This is especially so considering the large-scale deforestation in Borneo primarily for conversion to oil-palm or for mining. Providing grants and training for future conservationists and published papers and findings of established scientists will help build a case for the protection of key habitats.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support the Orangutan Foundation’s ongoing research


    » Regular surveys and monitoring carried out to collect the data on ecology and the distribution and behaviour of wild animals in their habitat.

    What success will look like

    Monthly reports will summarize ongoing research projects currently being undertaken by our research manager and research station staff.

    Aim 2

    Support outreach to schools and university groups


    » Provide an educational base for future conservationists, where they can learn about the forest, and gain skills in technology and fieldwork.

    What success will look like

    Reports will also provide information on outreach activities and on the progress of studies undertaken by international researchers.

    Aim 3

    Support international scientists and environmentalists


    » Provide a research base for international researchers to conduct studies focusing on ecology and wildlife.

    What success will look like

    Published findings will contribute towards the protection of critical habitats.

  • Impact


    Scientific research is essential for making key decisions on conserving habitats. New findings help to highlight areas in need of protection. By identifying these areas, we can prevent their loss through conversion to agricultural or community land. Preventing habitat loss is essential for the survival of thousands of threatened species of flora and fauna, and to help combat climate change.


    There are no major risks to this project. The Orangutan Foundation gives priority to long-term programmes that combine conservation activities with the development of local communities to ensure programmes remain successful for the future.
    All equipment and facilities are regularly maintained to prevent damage or injury to staff or visitors.
    The political and economic situation in Central Kalimantan is stable and safe.


    Donors to this project will receiving a biannual email update on progress and related developments. Donors wishing to see the Research Station first-hand can contact the Orangutan Foundation to arrange.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Infrastructure Training for staff and students, logistics, maintenance of the site, food and field supplies
      £4,000 Equipment Purchase and maintenance of camera traps and other field research equipment to assist with studies
      £1,000 Supporting Visiting Students Educational materials, accommodation, resources to train individuals and assist with projects
      £5,000 Research Grants Two research grants awarded annually to students and a university fellowship for one student
  • Background


    The project is located in Central Kalimantan Province, Indonesian Borneo. The project site is Pondok Ambung Research Station in Tanjung Puting National Park. Pondok Ambung itself is on the Sekonyer Kanan River, established in 2005 as an international site for research in tropical ecology.

    Tanjung Puting National Park was formed in 1984. In recognition of the uniqueness of the ecosystem the park has been recognized as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Tanjung Puting covers 408,288 hectares.


    (i) Orangutans and many other endangered species will benefit from research into their behaviour to gain a better understanding.

    (ii) Local communities, students, and the national and international community will benefit from the maintenance of a major research base which many may not have otherwise had access to.

    (iii) Photographic documentation from camera traps can be used to raise the profile of Tanjung Puting National Park at the local, national, and international levels.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Orangutan Foundation, founded in 1990, has a wide range of conservation programmes:

    • Habitat protection in Tanjung Puting National Park and Lamandau Wildlife Reserve.

    • A recognised track record in field research through Pondok Ambung Research Station.

    • Reintroduction Programme in Lamandau Wildlife Reserve for rescued orangutans and other wildlife.

    • Forest restoration programme restoring forest burnt by fires.

    • Education and outreach programmes working with local communities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Ade Soeharso

    Dr Ade Soeharso is our Programme Manager in Indonesia. He is an expert in orangutan conservation, forestry laws and habitat conservation.

    Fembry Arianto

    Fembry Arianto is our Research Manager. He has a varied background in most aspects of tropical rainforest research.


Could fund an overnight stay in the forest for a school group.