The orangutan is one of our closest relatives, but at the same time one of the most endangered primates. The causes for this are different human activities as the palm oil plantations, forest fires and the bush meat industry.
It is also a flag species through out it’s geographical range today, seen as one of the most important species to save by many. The ongoing extinction of the orangutans is directly linked to our actions, all over the world. Therefore the orangutan is an extraordinary animal to study for me. It’s rare, it’s human and it needs help.
In the summer of 2014 I went to Borneo to participate in the Tuanan Research Project, which is set up for mapping orangutan behaviour and through that learn more about the human history. I applied to this free volunteer work on primate jobs.
My work was focused on feeding behaviour and techniques of the orangutans. The work was tough with extreamly long working days, but also of course fun and rewarding.