“”It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. Not only that, but I feel like I gained a lot from it and felt like I was also useful which is a nice feeling! ”
Sam Joy (UK)
Assist this Sumatran orangutan research project
You can become a Research Assistant and gain amazing conservation field experience. The Batu Kapal Conservation project in North Sumatra aims to protect an important bio-link for primates and other wildlife moving around the Gunung Leuser National Park. The research is focused on identifying and monitoring a small population of wild orangutans. You will use GPS recording and photography to expand the database of individual primates. Observe and understand the daily activity patterns of the Batu Kapal orangutans including spotting their nests and mapping them. As a researcher, you will carry out dusk, dawn and night walks by spot light to gps record sightings of primates and other wildlife such as slow loris, civet cats, leopards, bats and porcupines
Orangutan Research Internship Responsibilities
-Collecting data using data sheets on orangutans: sightings, nests, migration paths and feeding using GPS and photography
-Daily treks ( day and night) to monitor and collect data on individuals to expand the database
-Data recording and analysis of the collected data sheets and existing database (excel spreadsheet)
-Using and updating the mapping software: GPS trail mapping
-Record and map important fruiting trees for the orangutan population (trembesi, ficus, pakam)
-Build the list of local species, plants and animals and identify related ecosystem services
-Identify and map primary land use in the Batu Kapal area and land owners as potential conservation stakeholders and project partners
-Assist with other project activities: up-cycling plastic waste, tree-planting and community engagement
Explore Sumatra's natural and cultural delights
Your project site is on the edge of the Unesco-listed Gunung Leuser National Park in North Sumatra: one of the most abundant tropical rainforests in Asia. The Batu Kapal site is just outside the village of Bukit Lawang where you can find a selection of guest houses and eateries. The village has built a reputation for primate spotting, but is still relatively unspoilt with only local accommodation and food outlets. It takes about 3 hours to reach Bukit Lawang by road from Medan International airport. We can arrange a transfer if needed.
Apart from the lush forest, the area offers plenty to explore. You can go river-tubing in the Landak river or caving to see the bats and swallows. The Tangkahan elephant sanctuary is a day trip away. If you like to learn more about the wonderful local culture, then we can arrange cultural trips and visits to the famous volcanic Lake Toba with its rich indigenous Batak tribal heritage.