Wonderful Indonesian Primates


In the third instalment of the JGIS Lecture Series, we are excited to bring you Wonderful Indonesian Primates. We invite three primate experts to share their work in primate conservation in Indonesia. Join us to learn about the orang utan, the gibbon and the slow loris and understand the plight of these wonderful primates. You are guaranteed to enjoy this knowledge-packed session and walk away inspired by the stories of compassion, perseverance and determination.

Date: 24 Feb 2018
Time: 1.30pm - 4.30pm (come at 11am to meet the speakers and see the booths at the Green Pavilion)
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Function Hall, Level 1 Botany Centre (Tanglin Gate entrance)

This event is part of the JGIS Lecture Series - Living in Harmony with Nature and Wildlife


Leif Cocks - "Orangutans: Why Should We Care?"
The Orangutan Project

The Orangutan Project was founded in 1999 with a mission to promote the survival of the Sumatran and Bornean orangutan species in their natural habitat. Leif is a world-renowned orangutan expert and the founder and president of The Orangutan Project. In his almost-30 years of career working with orangutans, Leif has been a key player in developing conservation plans for orangutans and influencing positive change for their protection and survival in collaboration with local government agencies.

Arif Setiawan - "Gibbon Song: Mentawai and Java Conservation Fieldwork"
SwaraOwa Coffee and Primate Conservation Project

The loss of habitat due to forest fragmentation and degradation is a main threat to the Javan gibbons. The SwaraOwa Coffee and Primate Conservation Project was established to conserve the Javan gibbons through scientific research, promoting conservation awareness and community empowerment. To preserve the gibbons’ natural habitat, the project promotes a forest-coffee production technique that uses natural trees as shade trees. Through enhancing the economic value of forest-coffee, the project empowers local community to earn a livelihood through an ecologically friendly way. Arif leads the SwaraOwa project and works on the research and conservation efforts of Indonesian primates.

Hélène Birot and Ella Brown - "In Search of the Fireface: Conserving Slow Lorises by Ecology, Education and Empowerment"
The Little Fireface Project

The Little Fireface Project was established in 2011 to conserve the critically endangered Javan slow loris in West Java. The project is located in an agricultural area with high densities of lorises and frequent human hunting. Through various efforts, the project achieved zero hunting and established an understanding of the vital ecological role of lorises among the locals. Hélène is a conservationist with six years of experience working with various species and has been an active primatologist for the past three years. She is the research coordinator of the Little Fireface Project, focusing on the conservation of the Javan slow loris. Ella has been working on primate conservation, behaviour, and cognition for four years. She spent the last year living and working in Indonesia with both orangutans and slow lorises, and has recently joined the Little Fireface Project as the field station coordinator.

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