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Travelling down river with Ashley Leiman, Indonesia, Borneo

Ashley Leiman

My Favourite Countries

  • Indonesia

Ashley first went to the Malaysian rainforest in 1976 and being in the forest was a profound experience for her. In the early 1980s, she was an active member of the Natural History and Conservation Society of Hong Kong.

In 1986, she went to Tanjung Puting National Park in Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo and met with Dr Birute Galdikas. At that time, she was living in New York where there was plenty of focus on the rainforests of South America, a little on the Congo but the third-largest rainforest – Indonesia received hardly any attention and neither did orangutans.

She moved back to the UK in 1989 and a year later the Orangutan Foundation was born in her upstairs bedroom. It was the first UK registered charity working to save the orangutan and its habitat through conservation, research and education. To this day, Ashley is one of the leading figures in orangutan conservation.

Ashley has made numerous radio and television appearances and authored a number of scientific papers. Spending up to a third of the year in the field (most usually Indonesian Borneo) her in-depth knowledge and passion for this region will inspire you long after you return home – which is why many of our past clients are still active members of the Orangutan Foundation.

Orangutan in the jungle of Borneo, Malaysia
Orangutan in the jungle of Borneo, Malaysia

Indonesia – Borneo Orangutan Conservation

Journey deep into the lush rainforests of Indonesian Borneo for a unique opportunity to visit Lamandau in co-operation with the Orangutan Foundation.

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Thoughts. Opinions. Experiences

Mother and Baby Orangutan, Borneo
Q & A
Leading Ladies: One of our own – Q & A with Ashley Leiman
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Ashley Leiman founded the Orangutan Foundation UK in 1990. One of the leading figures in orangutan conservation, Ashley spends approx a…

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