Orangutan Release in Borneo

CHES graduate affiliate Liz Ballare emails from Borneo

"I am currently in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia finishing sample collection and field work at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation Center. I will continue to mentor a student assistant/counterpart who will return from the Bukit Batikap Release Forest mid-August to help me collect samples on one of three release-practice islands behind the center while collecting data for her undergraduate thesis. Additionally, I am in the final stages of obtaining sample export permits which will allow me to bring fecal samples to Yogyakarta, Indonesia and urine samples back to Rutgers University for analyses."

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"This is a photo of me releasing orangutan Ella with BOSF post-release monitoring coordinator Coral Weaver on April 19, 2016. Ella was confiscated from a local resident in the Pulang Pisau Regency of Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia in 2005. She came to the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation Nyaru Menteng Rehabilitation Center at two years old weighing just 11kg. After a successful rehab process and time in forest school, Ella was moved to pre-release Kaja Island behind the center where she spent two years before her official release to Bukit Batikap Conservation Forest. Ella is doing remarkably well, enjoying her new found freedom exploring the forest and foraging for food."

Trail Ride

CHES graduate affiliate Michelle Night Pipe writes...

"I have been in South Dakota this summer, mostly working on the Crow Creek Reservation, but also traveling to Rosebud, Yankton, and Lower Brule Reservations for brief visits. I participated in the Sacred Horse Society Ride to Honor the Women and Children (Wayne as well) and I rode nearly five miles. I am beginning the ethnographic portion of my dissertation research, which involves an exploration of the positive intergroup relationships formed between the Native and non-Native communities in central South Dakota, as a result of the annual 176 mile ride."


Archaeology in Gansu Province, China

CHES graduate affiliate Zhan Xiaoya is hard at work with colleagues at Mogou, Gansu Province China.... 


"Lots of interesting material here. For instance, this male’s first rib is the largest I’ve seen. His humeral head is even bigger than others’ femoral head."


"This is our lab work space in the Archaeology Institution of Gansu Province. It isn’t that ideal….Since we are really close to the restroom and it’s really hot there. No air conditioner.  The blue boxes are where the skeletons have been stored. There are more boxes and the total number of skeletons is over 5,000. What a huge task for my colleagues and I!"


"We took a day off and went to Zhangye National Geology Park. It’s so good to get some fresh air after working all the time in the hot lab."

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