life in the field: Borneo

Maybe you’ve read some past blog posts, or been following my journey, or maybe you just read the tagline at the top of my website, but I’m sure you’ve figured out that while I might be in Dallas, my heart lives in Indonesia. I will soon be pursuing a graduate degree at Oxford Brookes University to get my masters in Primate Conservation, which I will be talking about in my next ‘my journey’ post. But while perusing the Facebook page of my future school I came across this lovely blog titled “The Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project” which talks about the animals of Borneo and life of a field researcher.

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I clicked on some posts to get a feel for it, and I think its a great informational source. You can learn all about the projects and the people working on them. They talk about their long (sometimes 15+ hour days in the forests), the wonderful staff and volunteers that track sun bears, gibbons and orangutans through the forest of Kalimantan. They have species saturday where the interns and staff talk about the different types of wildlife they encounter on a daily basis, including fire ants and the deadly pit viper.

Photo by an intern at the OTPP
Photo by an intern at the OTPP

There are great education posts about anything from orangutans to sun bears. This is a great blog if you want to get a feel for life in the field. I have not yet gotten to do any field work, but hopefully I will this coming summer in Sierra Leon, another future ‘my journey post.’

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