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Kinabatangan Orang-utan Conservation Project (1998-on going)
Field Study in Asia
Location of Site: MALAYSIA, Eastern Sabah

Director: Marc Ancrenaz
Phone: 60138756009   E-Mail:
PO Box 3109, Sandakan 90734 MALAYSIA
Department: Scientific Director
Institution: HUTAN

Sponsoring Institution(s): more than 25 different foundations, zoos and international institutions

Research Objectives: Study of orang-utan adaptation to habitat disturbance. Writing of management strategies to protect orang-utans and other species outside of protected forests. involvement of local communities in conservation activities. Human wildlife conflict mitigation.

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 hosei (Hose's langur), Presbytis rubicunda (maroon langur), Tarsius bancanus bancanus (western tarsier), Trachypithecus cristatus (silvery lutung)

Publications: Bruford, M.W., Ancrenaz, M., Chikhi, L., Lackman-Ancrenaz, I., Andau, M., Ambu, L., and Goossens, B. accepted. Projecting genetic diversity and population viability for the fragmented orang-utan population in the Kinabatangan floodplain, Sabah, Malaysia. Endangered Species Research.

Muehlenbein, M.P., and M. Ancrenaz. 2009. Minimizing pathogen transmission at primate ecotourism destinations : the need for input from travel medecine. Journal of Travel Medicine : 16 (4) : 229-232.

Wich, S.A., Meijaard, E., Marshall A.E., Husson, S., Ancrenaz, M. et al. 2008. Distribution and conservation status of the orang-utan (Pongo spp.) on Borneo and Sumatra : how many remain? Oryx, 42 (3) : 1-11.

Jalil, M.F., Cable, J., Sinyor, J., Lackman-Ancrenaz, I., Ancrenaz, M., Bruford, MW, and B. Goossens. 2008. Riverine effects on mitochondrial structure of Bornean orang-utans (Pongo pygmaeus) at two spatial scales. Molecular Ecology, 17 (2898-2909).

Ancrenaz, M., Dabek, L., and S. OíNeil. 2007. The cost of exclusion : recognizing a role for local communities in biodiversity conservation. Plos Biology. 5(11): e289.doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050289.

Goossens, B., Setchell, J.M., James, S., Funk, S.M., Chikhi, L., Ancrenaz, M., Lackman-Ancrenaz, I., and M.W. Bruford. 2006. Philopatry and reproductive success in Bornean orang-utans (Pongo pygmaeus). Molecular Ecology: 15: 2577-2588.

Ancrenaz, M., Lackman-Ancrenaz, I., and H. Elahan. 2006. Seed spitting and seed swallowing by wild orang-utans (Pongo pygmaeus morio) in Sabah, Malaysia. Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation: 2 (1): 65-70.

Goossens, B., Chikhi, L. Ancrenaz, M., Lackman-Ancrenaz, I., Audau, P., and M.W. Bruford. 2006. Genetic Signature of anthopogenic population collapse in orang-utans. Plos Biology, 4 (2): 285-291.

Ancrenaz, M., Gimenez, O., Ambu, L., Ancrenaz, K., Andau, P., Goossens, B., Payne, J., Tuuga, A., and Lackman-Ancrenaz, I. 2005. Aerial surveys give new estimates for orang-utans in Sabah, Malaysia. Plos Biology, 3 (1): 30-37.

Goossens, B., Chikhi, L., Jalil, F., Ancrenaz, M., Lackman-Ancrenaz, I., Mohammed, M., Andau, P., and M.W. Bruford. 2005. Patterns of genetic diversity and migration in increasingly fragmented and declining orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus) populations from Sabah, Malaysia. Molecular Ecology, 14: 441-456.

Ancrenaz, M., Gimenez, O., Goossens, B., Sawang, A., and I. Lackman-Ancrenaz. 2004. Determination of ape distribution and population size with ground and aerial surveys: a case study with orang-utans in lower Kinabatangan, Sabah, Malaysia. Animal Conservation, 7: 375-385.

Ancrenaz, M., Calaque, R., and I. Lackman-Ancrenaz. 2004. Orang-utan (Pongo pygmaeus) nesting behavior in disturbed forest (Sabah, Malaysia): implications for nest census. International Journal of Primatology, 25 (5): 983-1000

Goossens, B., Abdullah, Z., Sinyor, J., and M. Ancrenaz. 2004. Which nests to choose: collecting shed hairs from wild orang-utans. Folia Primatologica, 75: 23-26.

Last Updated: 2010-03-28

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