Hello! I’m Connie and I started as a gibbon intern with OuTrop at the beginning of the year.
I finished my degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge in 2013. I specialised in Zoology, focusing on behavioural ecology and conservation science. I went on to work at the Food and Agriculture Organisation as part of a team developing educational resources for young people on environmental issues, such as biodiversity, forests, water and soils.
|In the Sabangau Forest!|
After switching jobs in 2014 and moving to an environmental consultancy I decided that office work wasn’t for me. I wanted to gain more field experience so that I could pursue further study… And that’s how I ended up as a gibbon intern with OuTrop!
The saying ‘every day is a school day’ certainly applies here in Sabangau! I am learning important skills in field research methods – tree identification, biodiversity monitoring, how to follow and collect data on wild primates and so much more. I am also learning basic things that I thought I already knew, like how to walk! You may think it sounds trivial, but you would be surprised how difficult it can be in a peat swamp forest! On top of that, the amazing local field staff are helping me learn Indonesian.
I am excited to use my new skills to contribute to the gibbon project over the next 6 months.
|Southern Bornean gibbon. Photo by Andrew Walmsley/OuTrop|