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Harapan Rainforest through the lens
A film crew recently visited Harapan Rainforest to make a film. I was lucky to join them to learn about making the exciting conservation films we see on television or the internet. We spent the first few days with the Bathin Sembilan indigenous community; filming their daily lives and seeing how important...
25 Jun 2010
Occasionally the camp at Harapan gets unexpected guests. The reticulated python I mentioned in my last post was one (that’s Marco from BirdLife International above doing his best snake charmer impression), but it arrived unaided. Another guest was brought in by some local villagers - an abandoned...
3 Jul 2012
Local community supports hornbill research and conservation
We were recently visited by a local indigenous community member with the exciting news that a hornbill nest had been found. This is part of a scheme that pays local community members for providing information on hornbill nests so we can then monitor their breeding behaviour. Thanks to Pak Ajer we...
19 Feb 2010
Homes for hornbills
Last year the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund helped Harapan Rainforest start a hornbill nestbox scheme. This provides additional nest sites for hornbills while the forest regenerates and more large trees suitable for nesting become available. Lack of nest holes due to loss of large trees is a major...
31 Jul 2009
It's a long way to the top...
Harapan Rainforest is located on fairly flat land, which means we have few vantage points for viewing the site. To address this, our trained climbing team and representatives from Indonesian climbing organisation IndoRope are installing five viewing platforms this month, at the dizzying height of nearly...
8 Jan 2010
Harapan Rainforest gets the stamp of approval
Burung Indonesia, the BirdLife partner in Indonesia and one of the major partners in Harapan Rainforest has come up with a great way to raise awareness of Harapan Rainforest - postage stamps! The fine pencil and crayon images of magnificent Sumatran birds have been landing on doormats since mid-July...
12 Aug 2009
Scouts out and about in Harapan Rainforest
More than sixty members of our nearest Pramuka troupe recently visited Harapan Rainforest. Pramuka is the Indonesian scouting movement. They got to experience rainforest close up on the forest trail – where there are regular sightings of hornbills (including two of the nestboxes erected for them...
22 Jan 2010
This is how committed we are to restoring Harapan Rainforest
We know that the animals and birds in Harapan Rainforest are important for moving seeds around the forest. Hornbills fly for miles across the forest canopy, taking with them the seeds of fruit they have eaten. We want to find out which animals and birds eat what types of seed. This will help us as we...
11 Feb 2011
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