I’d like to wish you all belated greetings for the New Year. It’s been a rather rocky start here in the USA to say the least, but I’m optimistic that better times are ahead, and that by some time later this year, we will be able to resume international travel, gathering in groups, and many other things that we have had to put on hold in 2020.[Read more…] about
This year has been a wild ride, but I’m still feeling thankful. This thanksgiving holiday, I’ve decided that instead of focusing on Black Friday sales, I want to use the reach I have with my newsletter and social media to help raise awareness and support for Orangutan Conservation in Borneo. So I hope you will take a moment to read on.
As those of you who have followed my work for a while know, documenting the lives of wild orangutans in partnership with my wife, researcher Cheryl Knott, has been a major part of my life’s work over that past 25 years. Using the media I create to spread the word in National Geographic articles and films with NatGeo and the BBC has been a big part of what I do. This is the first year that I have been unable to go to Borneo to continue this work. Yet, we are fortunate that the non-profit group Cheryl founded, now run in Indonesia by an Indonesian team of over thirty people, have been able to persist throughout the pandemic in their conservation, education, and community support activities that all help to protect orangutans in Gunung Palung, one of the world’s most important remaining wild orangutan sanctuaries.
So I’m very thankful to them and for all their efforts, and I’m dedicating this newsletter and print-sale fundraiser to the Gunung Palung Orangutan Project!
Please scan below for ways you can help this important cause.
Today is Giving Tuesday, and I’d like to invite you to consider supporting the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program, a group that I support and work closely with. For all orangutan prints purchased from my store from now until the end of my Holiday Sale on December 8, I will donate 100% of proceeds to this NGO to support their work.
This includes my most famous orangutan image, “Entwined Lives” (below), winner of the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and eight other favorite orangutan images in my Orangutan Gallery.[Read more…] about Tim Laman’s Wildlife Diaries – Join me in supporting Orangutan Conservation
In October I was able to get back out to Gunung Palung in Borneo and check in on the baby orangutan born to Walimah in May. You may recall from an earlier newsletter that in July, the two-month old baby was still clinging to her mom 100% of the time. What a big change I saw in October! Now she is climbing around on branches and vines near her mom, and trying to sample fruits, imitating her mom’s feeding behavior, even though she can’t open the fruits yet. Here are a few images that show the five-month old baby, named Winnie by Pak Ari, the Director of Gunung Palung National Park that I shot in October.
I’m finally back home after an exciting two months of photography and filming in Indonesia. Its time to share a few highlights with you, and I’m going to start with some exciting news from Gunung Palung in Borneo, where I’ve been documenting my wife Cheryl Knott’s orangutan research for 25 years. Her project studies the entire population of wild orangutans in “GP” as we call it, but we get to know some individuals especially well, and none is more familiar to our team than a female named Walimah.
Featured Photos: Walimah – Then and Now
The first image was taken twenty years ago in 1999, when Walimah was a newborn infant. Walimah’s mother had a home range close to the research camp, and so we encountered her often and Walimah grew up seeing researchers on the ground below her as a normal part of her environment. So she has never been afraid of humans, and has been a great subject for my photography.
Some of you may be familiar, however, with the tragic turn of events in Walimah’s life in 2015. After the highlight of having her first baby in April that year, she was the apparent victim of an infanticidal attack by a rogue male orangutan (our best guess of what happened), and her first baby was lost. This story is documented in our 2016 film on NatGeo Wild Channel called “Mission Critical: Orangutan on the Edge” (and in a scientific paper by Cheryl and her team: Possible Male Infanticide in Wild Orangutans and a Re-evaluation of Infanticide Risk).[Read more…] about Back from Indonesia