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Orangutan Social Learning and Cultures Project (annually, May-Aug.)
Field Study in Asia
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Location of Site: INDONESIA

Director: Dr. A. Russon
Phone: 416 736 2100 x 88363   Fax: 416 487 6851   E-Mail:
2275 Bayview Ave., Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M6
Department: Psychology
Institution: Glendon College of York University

Sponsoring Institution(s): Glendon College-York Univ., Toronto, Canada; BOS ORP - Wanariset; IndonesianMinistry of Forestry

Research Objectives: The Orangutan Social Learning and Cultures Project operates through the BOS Orangutan Reintroduction Project at Wanariset, by permission. ORP aims to support authorities in confiscating illegally kept orangutans, rehabilitating them (physically and behaviorally), then reintroducing them to free forest life. The OSLC Project's aims are to track ex-captives once they have returned to freedom and are readapting to forest life, as the basis for studying their acquisition of feral skills, the role of social influences in the acquisition process, and the development of local cultures. Aims are to understand the role that social and cultural processes play in the building of orangutan knowledge and skills, and to gain some insight into how orangutans build their cultures.

Field Positions and Volunteers: Applications for research or field study can be considered, initially submitted to Dr. A. Russon (preferably electronically). All applications are subject to approval by BOS Indonesia, ORP-Wanariset, and Indonesian authorities (e.g., Nature Conservation Agency, Ministry of Forestry). At present, the OSLC Project has no independent field positions or volunteer opportunities available.

Species Studied: Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus (Bornean orangutan)

Other Species at Site: Hylobates muelleri (Mueller's Bornean gibbon), Macaca fascicularis (long-tailed macaque), Macaca nemestrina (pigtail macaque), Nasalis larvatus (proboscis monkey), Nycticebus (slow loris), Presbytis rubicunda (maroon langur)

Last Updated: 2006-07-22

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