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Gunung Palung Orangutan Project (1994 to present (on-going))
Field Study in Asia
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Location of Site: INDONESIA, Borneo

Director: Dr. Cheryl D. Knott
Phone: 617-353-7723   Fax: 617-353-2610   E-Mail:
232 Bay State Road, Boston, Massachusets 02215 UNITED STATES
Department: Anthropology
Institution: Boston University

Sponsoring Institution(s): National Science Foundation; National Geographic Society; Leakey Foundation; Wenner-Gren Foundation, Orangutan Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Research Objectives: This is a large multi-faceted research project which is investigating orangutan reproduction, behavior, social organization and physiology within an ecological context. Detailed behavioral data is collected in addition to urine samples from which hormones can be measured. All orangutan foods are collected and processed to analyze the caloric and nutrient composition of the orangutan diet. The project is also investigating broader issues related to great ape and human evolution.

Field Positions and Volunteers: Volunteer Project Managers are sometimes needed to assist with the project. Those interested in volunteering for the project, or conducting research at the site should contact the Project Director, Dr. Cheryl Knott

Other Species at Site: Hylobates agilis (agile gibbon), Macaca fascicularis (long-tailed macaque), Macaca nemestrina (pigtail macaque), Nasalis larvatus (proboscis monkey), Nycticebus coucang (slow loris), Presbytis rubicunda (maroon langur), Tarsius bancanus (Horsfield's tarsier), Trachypithecus cristatus (silvery lutung)

Last Updated: 2011-01-05

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