Scientifically rigorous research underpins all our conservation efforts. We conduct long-term ecological monitoring to understand what wildlife needs to thrive in their habitat. We identify the threats to forest ecosystems, assess the effects of disturbance on both wildlife and habitat, and continuously evaluate the impacts of our conservation initiatives.
Our primate surveys have established the presence of globally important populations and defined priority habitat for protection. We monitor trends in the density and distribution of flagship primate species to assess the impacts of habitat disturbance and loss. Our long-term research into the behavioural ecology of orangutans and other key species allows us to identify changes in behaviour in response to threats such as logging and fire. Our surveys of key indicator species which show rapid and consistent response to changes in habitat condition, such as butterflies and dragonflies mean we can quickly detect the impacts of disturbance on forest quality.
Technology is integral to our work. Camera traps record the presence of endangered and elusive species, strengthening the argument to protect vital forest habitats. Our research into the use of thermal drones to fight fire has transformed drones into an essential tool for conservation.