Hello Monday from Connie: our new gibbon intern

Hello Monday Blog

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