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  • Blog Post: UK Government matches Ebola Donations

    It’s been almost a month since our last post on how Ebola is affecting operations in the Gola Rainforest and the disease is still running rife through West Africa. Since we last updated you, our Gola team have been training with aid organisations on the ground in order to distribute vital relief...
  • Blog Post: UK hosts International meeting to coordinate the aid effort against Ebola in Sierra Leone

    Today, 02 October, the UK Government is hosting a high-level meeting in London to coordinate the international aid effort against Ebola in Sierra Leone. The RSPB welcomes this commitment and is a signatory to the joint NGO statement which will be delivered during the conference. The RSPB has been...
  • Blog Post: Tiptoeing through tiger territory

    One of the most amazing things about working in a tropical forest is the ever-present thrill of what I might encounter next. On our last field trip, myself and our six research assistants woke up just before dawn to the unmistakable, deep resonating growl of a tiger, less than 200m from our tents. It...
  • Blog Post: Pangolins saved from traditional medicine trade released in Harapan Rainforest

    The pangolin is a strange looking mammal; scaly, with a prehensile tail, and claws for opening termite mounds. I never thought I’d see one of these secretive animals in the wild. I got my first encounter last week in sad circumstances, and not just one but 40 of them! The governement wildlife...
  • Blog Post: Snakes alive!

    There have been a couple of new snake identifications in Harapan. They are both pit vipers, Hagen’s Pit Viper Trimeresurus hageni and Wagler’s Pit Viper Tropidolaemus wagleri (shown in the photo). They have “pits” between their eyes and nostrils. These pits contain infrared sensors...
  • Blog Post: Look what I've found!

    Three of Harapan Rainforest’s forestry team and five staff from Sarolangun district forestry service recently went to Harapan Rainforest’s western border with Taman Bandung village, to conduct a boundary survey. They found good quality forest with a high density of trees and very good canopy...
  • Blog Post: Research shows 550 sunbears in Harapan Rainforest

    We have just completed our first Malayan Sun Bear research project, funded by the International Bear Association. The sun bear is the smallest bear in the world and one of the globally threatened mammals found in Harapan Rainforest. It gets its name from the golden disc of fur on its chest. Its name...
  • Blog Post: Collecting seeds, collecting hope

    A steady supply of seed is vital for forest restoration, so there are always seedlings to be planted out. Recently, three of us from the nursery team headed into the forest to collect bilakang seeds. As we headed out along the trail, our eyes didn’t stop scanning the forest floor – many seeds...
  • Blog Post: Tracking the number of tiger tracks we've tracked

    Harapan’s patrol wardens, all local community members, are one of our greatest assets. In the field all day, every day, they have the most contact with the forest’s wildlife. Discovering what they encounter is vital for learning how wildlife uses the forest. The wardens were recently trained...
  • Blog Post: Oh my! What big teeth you have!

    It’s a macaque, and those teeth are very big. What more is there to say? Just enjoy the fantastic photo. Think how, if it wasn’t for Harapan Rainforest, this might not exist.
  • Blog Post: Stephanie spotted it!

    Stephanie Sim from RSPB Northern Ireland is in Harapan Rainforest for a month. She's supporting the team there with the expertise she normally uses back home in Belfast - public affairs and media. Steph is recording her impressions and we’ll pass those on to you. As with most visitors to the...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...