Caring for the Earth with Permaculture

The past few decades have seen the rapid advancement of agricultural technology, with widespread use of genetic engineering and chemical fertilisers. However, many movements are now returning to more environmentally friendly modes of agriculture by enhancing ancestral farming methods to fit the times. Permaculture is one such method, which has proven highly successful in urban […]

Learning Through Teaching

Teaching is the best way to learn- a statement corroborated by William Glaster, an American psychiatrist. According to Glaster, learning through teaching is up to 95% effective, which is why it has become a core tenet of the peer teaching method. Peer teaching, or peer tutoring, is commonly employed in schools to encourage students to […]

The Climate and You

The days are getting hotter, and things will not improve until we wake up to what’s really going on. To meaningfully act, we need to understand that this hot weather is caused by none other than us. However indirectly, our choices have the power to affect the climate and temperature globally. Humans and climate are […]


Orangutan is an exotic primate that always attracts the world’s attention. The species was first described scientifically in 1758 by Carl Linnaeus. They are the only great apes living in Asia. Currently, there are 3 species of orangutans that can only be found on the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan. All three are classified as […]


In our previous article, we introduced the five species of wild cats found in Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo): namely, the sunda leopard cat (Prionailurus  javanensis; Horsfield, 1821) , clouded leopard (Neofelis diardi), bay cat (Catopuma badia), flat-headed cat (Prionailurus planiceps), and the marbled cat (Pardofelis marmorata). All five of these species face a range of threats, […]

Learning Culture with the Spirit of Isen Mulang

They came on motorbikes, pulling up to meet us in a Palangka Raya City Park. These five young people — Prilicia, Fani, Dian, Hasyim, and Glen — are students from the University of Palangka Raya, each an awardee of the Orangutan Caring Scholarship (OCS) by Orang Utan Republik Foundation the Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) Indonesia. […]

Restoring Sebangau National Park with the Communities

“I feel this, you know that I am hurting / seeing all the dead in front of me and all that is left is dust / We have to replant…” Much like the desolate scenes described by Indonesian band Nosstress in their hit song Tanam Saja (‘Just Plant’), fires can rip through forests at a […]

VTOL Technology Opens up the Skies of Central Kalimantan

Forest and land fires are an ever-present risk in Borneo, requiring careful mitigation planning for the dry season each year. The greater the threat — one which is increasingly heightened by global warming —the more sophisticated these mitigation efforts must be. Now, with the use of drone technology, fire hotspots can be detected more quickly, […]

Popy’s Adventure #3

POPY’S ADVENTURE #3 POPY MEETS OBO As sunlight fell through cracks in the trees and the morning’s dew began to evaporate, Popy and her mother prepared to leave the nest they had slept in last night. With Popy holding on tight to his mother’s body, the two started swinging from tree to tree in search […]

Captivated by Charismatic Red Monkey

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT ONE OF BORNEO’S MOST CHARMING, YET UNDERAPPRECIATED, PRIMATES It was early morning and temperatures were low at the Peat Forest Natural Laboratory (LAHG) camp, a special zone within the Sebangau National Park. As I shivered fitfully in my tent, distant sounds of screaming and whistling pricked at my eardrums, stirring me from […]