Volunteers Behind our Education and Awareness Department!

Bringing the Selamatkan Yaki public up-to-date with the latest news of conservation including the latest activities and whereabouts of our Selamatkan Yaki team, here are some people that have been working voluntarily behind it!

“Hi everyone, my name is Karina. I recently graduated from the University of Glasgow with a MSci in Genetics. I have 2 passions in life; science and animals and now that I have graduated, I would love to use my knowledge, skills and compassion to help make a difference in the survival and protection of the Sulawesi crested black macaques (yaki).

Karina on her graduation day. Karina di hari kelulusannya.

Karina on her graduation day.
Karina di hari kelulusannya.

In the UK, a BBC documentary was shown on national TV which informed viewers of the intimate lives of the Yaki and their Critically Endangered status. From the moment I set eyes on these majestic monkeys I instantly fell in love with their cheeky characters, human-like interactions and their cool hairstyle! I found it very sad to learn that their dramatic population decrease has been caused by humans hunting the Yaki and destroying their habitat. I also had the chance to meet a very cheeky yet gentle Barbary macaque in Gibraltar however it was sad to see that their habitat had been mainly taken over by humans and that they too are an endangered primate species. The new partnership between Selamatkan Yaki and the Moroccan Primate Conservation foundation makes volunteering for the SY team all the more exciting and rewarding! The work carried out by the SY team is inspiring and I truly believe that with the right support and enthusiasm behind the great team working on the Selamatkan Yaki conservation programme, this beautiful yet Critically Endangered monkey can be saved with a bright future ahead. I will be scheduling updates on the SY Facebook page and Twitter with recent news articles, information, pictures and videos of the Yaki. I hope that in the near future I will be able to visit the team in Manado, volunteer my skills in science and meet the cheeky monkeys that have found a place in my heart.”

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My name is Marsya Christyanti Sibarani, “Sibarani” is a family name of Bataknese, one of the Indonesian tribes from Sumatra. However, I have lived in a big city, Jakarta, since I was born, so I did not have childhood experience of interacting with forest and its wildlife. When I was a little child, I loved to watch wildlife documentaries on TV, through these programmes I became aware of environmental issues. So I decided to go to the Department of Biology, University of Indonesia, after I graduated from high school.423445_3165864424178_1094619427_n

Currently, I am in my third year of Undergraduate program in my university, taking the subject of animal ecology as my study focus. In my first year, I decided to join a wildlife study group named KSHL Comata. It is a kind of student organization whose concern is wildlife conservation. Through this study group, I learned how to work in the field, observe the wildlife, design a research, and communicate our findings to influence people. This study group also took me to some awesome places such as montane forest of Pangrango Mountain, dry savanna of Baluran, and paradise of birds in Pulau Rambut. My study group team and I have published our research about urban bird community at the ATBC Asia-Pacific Chapter Meeting 2013, Banda Aceh.

Although I like almost every animal, my main interest is primates. I did my internship about siamang gibbon (Symphalangus syndactylus) population in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Lampung, Sumatra. I am planning to conduct my research for undergraduate degree about siamang gibbon as well. If people ask me why I love this species, I will answer because they sing! The first time I noticed this species was when I came to Ragunan Zoo as a part of Animal Diversity field course. I visited the siamang cage and then it uttered its vocalisation very loudly. I found that it was awesome, so I started to read scientific papers about siamang vocalisation. I became more interested and started to learn more about their ecology and behavior.

Many thanks from our cheeky yaki for the helping hands from our volunteers.

Many thanks from our cheeky yaki for the helping hands from our volunteers.

I joined SY social media team because I want to give contribution to primate conservation starting from doing little things: share the message. Every day many people from wide range of ages access the internet, surf the social media. It will be a good opportunity to share issues about wildlife in order to spread conservation message and increase people awareness. The second reason is because I was not really up-to-date with conservation news. By being a part of SY social media, I have to make myself to search more and more information voluntarily so I can share proper news to other people.

Wildlife conservation is an important issue. Ecologists alone will not be able to protect them. Conservation is a team work between the scientists, government, and communities. The first step to make people aware is to let them know about the issue. So, let’s spread the message!

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