Orang-utans and Fig Trees

Apr 20, 12 Orang-utans and Fig Trees

Posted by in From the Field, Sabah, Wildlife

While conducting patrols along the rivers, roads and through the forest. the Honorary Wildlife Wardens are able to observe a variety of wildlife.  On this occasion, as they were conducting their patrol by boat, they spotted an orang-utan mother and young feeding on a fig tree by the banks of the river. Orang-utans eat a variety...

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Al-Jazeera Filming

Apr 19, 12 Al-Jazeera Filming

Posted by in Events, From the Field, Miscellaneous, Sabah

Our Reforestation Team were visited by Al-Jazeera‘s Earthrise filming crew for a piece they are doing on reforestation.  At HUTAN – KOCP we focus on ensuring survival rates and we plant on a smaller scale compared to other reforestation projects to ensure that we have a 100% survival rate for our areas.  In 2010, this...

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So how are the Hornbills doing?

Feb 22, 12 So how are the Hornbills doing?

Posted by in From the Field, Sabah, Wildlife

In the Kinabatangan we see the hornbills pretty much every dawn and dusk, travelling in pairs and sometimes up to six pairs!  However, this is usually the Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris), which is not globally threatened. We realised that actually we know very little about the hornbills in terms of their...

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An Upgrade for Reforestation Project

Feb 18, 12 An Upgrade for Reforestation Project

Posted by in From the Field

When the Reforestation Project first started their work, they exclusively used just a machete (long knife) to cut grass.  As one can imagine this is seriously a tedious and long process.  Yet these strong women plodded on without complaining. As the work for their Project grew an investment was made for powered grass cutters to...

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Jenny…

Jan 12, 12 Jenny…

Posted by in From the Field, Sabah, Wildlife

Jenny the orang-utan has a special place with HUTAN – KOCP staff because she was the first orang-utan in 1998 to be habituated (not stressed) by researchers following her.  We have learnt much from Jenny and have the most observational data on her. When we started to observe Jenny in 1998, she had a young infant about two...

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Learning about orang-utans without stressing them out!

Jan 10, 12 Learning about orang-utans without stressing them out!

Posted by in From the Field, Sabah, Wildlife

HUTAN – KOCP’s work in Sabah, began in 1998 with the first ever study of wild populations of orang-utans living in previously logged forest (secondary forest). To do this HUTAN’s founders, primatologist Dr. Isabelle Lackman and wildlife veterinarian Dr. Marc Ancrenaz spent time in the field designing guidelines...

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Flooding?

Jan 03, 12 Flooding?

Posted by in From the Field, Miscellaneous

The monsoons used to be very predictable in Sabah, just ask any local over the age of 30, we remember very distinct periods of having the rainy season and the dry season.  Today however this distinction is no longer clear. Early December was still dry-ish (by monsoon standards) but then towards the end it started to truly pour and...

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