This post is dedicated to Pak Anton Wahyudi, who tragically died in a speedboat accident on Saturday , whilst carrying out his duties responding to reports of illegal logging inside Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve. We thank you for your dedication in fighting for the conservation of Indonesia’s forests and wildlife. A husband, father, friend and colleague – you will be greatly missed.
Pak Anton Wahyudi and Ashley Leiman, Director of Orangutan Foundation in September 2011 after the return of 2 Bornean orangutans from Sumatra.
Pak Anton Wahyudi and his family
Image from Forest Rangers Blog
Pak Anton Wahyudi, head of BKSDA SKW II, in December, delivering his speech at a stakeholder meeting
Pre-funeral ceremony at BKSDA office in Pangkalan Bun
The coffin of Pak Anton Wahyudi being transported to Yogjakarta, in Java.
We held Stephen’s farewell party on Saturday night, and various representatives from local NGOs and government stood up and described how much they enjoyed working with Stephen over the past years, and also what they’ve learnt from him. Stephen tried to hide a tear or two, but we noticed 🙂
Stephen proudly displaying a portrait drawn by our new Programme Coordinator, Pak Hudi
Stephen’s gift from Yayorin
Stephen and Pak Ade, former Head of Section II, Conservation & Natural Resources Agency. Pak Ade took a break from his Ph.D studies, and flew from Bogor, Java to attend Stephen’s farewell party!
Ms Ully (Office Manager), June Rubis (Programme Manager), Yarrow Robertson (Director of Indonesia Programme)
Stephen reading his gift from us all, his leaving book
Ully, Astri, Stephen and Yarrow
Pak Teguh (Guard Posts Supervisor) surprised us all with his own unique gift for Stephen.
Everybody wanted to shake Stephen’s hand one last time!
Many thanks for your excellent questions and comments. Here’s the answers to some of your questions.
Sheryl you asked about illegal burning – most of the illegal burning occurs at the southwestern side of Lamandau where it is prone to fires (vandals tend to set fires as to encourage new grass to flourish, and thus attract deer). Fire-fighting is one of our more important operations in Lamandau that we take seriously, and all our guardposts are equipped with fire-fighting equipment.
Maina you asked how many orangutans are in Lamandau. Since 1998, 160 orangutans have been released in Lamandau Wildlife Reserve. As well, it is estimated there are a few hundred wild orangutans found in the Reserve.
Hope to post some photos from Stephen’s farewell party tomorrow.
Tal B and Brigitta thank you very for your monthly donations and thank you Anne K for your donation of $100.
It was Stephen’s leaving do (My Fun In The Forest Is Drawing To An End) on Saturday night – we await the photos! Meanwhile here’s a selection of photos of Stephen at ‘work’.
Wishing you all the best for the future Stephen,
Orangutan Foundation – UK office
Another hard day at the office
Not sure if this is taken before of after Stephen’s skydive in an orangutan suit – after I think!
Stephen and Mr Hudi
Operation on the adult male orangutan Kusasi
Stephen and Zidane
Stephen climbing up a radio mast
You’ll be missed!