Planned Sites in Borneo
Sukau and the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary
The Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary consists of approximately 27,000 hectares of fragmented forest along the banks of the mighty Kinabatangan River. We will work with the Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project (KOCP), founded in 1998 by Drs. Marc Ancrenaz and Isabelle Lackman of Hutan, a French non-governmental organization, in collaboration with the Sabah Wildlife Department. KOPC is run by trained staff from the nearby village of Sukau and has been the source of significant data regarding the ecology and behavior of wild orangutans in secondary forest habitats. KOCP seeks to restore harmonious relationships between people and the orangutan and supports local socio-economic development compatible with habitat and wildlife conservation.
Danau Girang Field Centre
Located in the Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, this modern research facility, directed by Dr. Benoit Goossens and supported by Cardiff University and the Sabah Wildlife Department, is surrounded by a mixture of lowland dipterocarp forest types, ranging from primary forest to disturbed secondary forest, in a matrix landscape that includes significant human impact including villages, small-scale agriculture, and oil palm plantations. It is thus an ideal location to study wildlife and the effects of anthropogenic habitat alteration on biodiversity.
Earth Expeditions student groups are regularly featured in Danau Girang’s newsletter The Jungle Times!
(Course locations are subject to change.)