Monthly Archives: June 2016

The birth of baby Darwin!

We are very excited to announce the third birth of 2016 as part of the  Tuanan Orangutan Research Project! Our research team was fortunate to see the entire birth of Darwin, Desy’s new son.  Danum, Desy’s older offspring, was also present for the birth and quite curious! This is great news given the severity of the fires this past year.  Having a research team present year round provides us with the opportunity to witness and record data on such amazing and rare events.


Congratulations to Liz Ballare!

I am proud to announce that Rutgers doctoral student Liz Ballare has received a research grant from Margot Marsh for her dissertation research titled “Health effects of rehabilitation and release in Indonesian orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii)”. Liz is working very closely with the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) and this research would not be possible without their support. We are happy to partner with Universitas Nasional Jakarta and BOSF on this very important research. Liz is working with BOSF in both Nyaru menteng and Batikap. To learn more about BOSF and what they do – click here

Another Orangutan Birth at Tuanan!

2016 is looking to be a good year for the Tuanan orangutans despite the fires at the start of the year! We are excited to announce the birth of Pina, who was born on May 14, 2016 at 9:50 am. Tuanan Project Manager Julia Kunz (doctoral student from University of Zürich) was there for the birth along with Tuanan project field assistants and were fortunate to observe the birth of Pina. Given the birthdate, Pina was conceived prior to when the fires hit Tuanan hard and her mother Pinky was in her first trimester during the rough fire season. This is a good indicator that the Tuanan orangutan population continues to be healthy! Photographs by Julia Kuntz