Simon has worked in Borneo together with Helen Morrogh-Bernard since 1995, when they discovered the world’s largest orangutan population in the Sabangau Forest and went on to found the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop) to protect this population and conserve the peat-swamp forest habitat. Simon is a leading expert in orangutan ecology, orangutan survey techniques and orangutan rehabilitation and reintroduction, and is involved in orangutan conservation both nationally and globally, including defining priority populations and strategies; reintroduction of ex-captive apes and implementing conservation actions at a landscape level. He is a member of the IUCN Primate and Great Apes Specialist Groups; co-author of the orangutan IUCN/SSC CBSG Orang-utan PHVA Final Report; and Senior Advisor to the Bornean Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF).
His current interests include the longest-running study of trends in orangutan distribution and abundance within the Sabangau Forest; conserving critical populations of orangutans and other biodiversity within multi-use landscapes throughout Kalimantan; and identifying release sites, designing the release strategy, and coordinating post-release monitoring of ex-captive orangutans for the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Reintroduction Centre.
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