Chasing Orangutans Into an Unknown Frontier
After a year of planning, fundraising, and mental preparation, I have finally arrived in West Kalimantan, Indonesia on the island of Borneo to begin my National Geographic Young Explorer’s Grant project. I’ll be venturing deep into the rainforest of Gunung Palung National Park, where I’ll be following male orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii) outside the borders of established research areas. I’ll be entering into mysterious areas under the shadow of Mt. Gunung Palung, places where few have ventured into and where none have followed orangutans. I’ll be exploring the unknown.
I’ll be tracking these male orangutans with GPS, in order to learn more about their territory size and ranging patterns. It’s logistically very difficult to follow orangutans in such remote areas away from an established research camp. Because their home ranges are so large that they extend beyond research areas, no one has managed to map out the full range of an individual male from this population. I’ll be the first one to try it. I have no idea what to expect, other than the —> Read More