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The Orangutan Health Project story

CURRENT PROJECT WORK

With sufficient long observation periods, OHP is able to get good accurate data and results. Only with long-term research can this data be obtained. The project continues research at various different sites: in Sumatra and in Kalimantan. OHP aims to understand how orangutans combat parasitic infection that affects their health, reproduction and ultimately their survival. As a result of this research new avenues will hopefully be opened up for use in human medicine. It may also help to shed light on the human-primate relationship, most importantly, the health risks associated with co-existence.

By comparing the health of wild and semi-wild orangutans, at different sites and under varying degrees of human pressure, OHP has begun to build a picture of the factors affecting health in these two equally important populations. OHP’s unique approach enables us to investigate whether complex aspects of ethology and ecology influence parasite infections and how parasites may have an impact on whole ecosystems, out of all proportion to their relative size.

At the new office
At the new office
At the old office
At the old office
The field assistant Tumino
The field assistant Tumino
The head guide Wanda
The head guide Wanda
The new office at coconut, february 2006
The new office at coconut, february 2006
On the trek
On the trek
PA Jenn
PA Jenn
Tasks at the old office
Tasks at the old office
View from our new office
View from our new office
Crossing the river on a trek
Crossing the river on a trek