Rainforest: Live 2015

Conservation organisations around the world bring incredible rainforest lifve straight to your home

Organisasi-organisasi konservasi di seluruh dunia membawa hutan hujan yang luar biasa secara langsung ke rumah Anda

09/03/14 Tangkoko forest, North Sulawesi, Indonesia Tangkoko is one of the last remaining strongholds of the Critically Endangered Sulawesi crested black macaques (Macaca nigra). Wildlife photographer Andrew Walmsley is in the field documenting the work of Selamatkan Yaki, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working to protect the monkeys which are threatened by habitat loss and the illegal bushmeat trade. A strangler fig tree in the forest. They are parasitic trees that literally strangle their host, killing it and leaving a hollow tube of branches in the middle.

09/03/14 Tangkoko forest, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Tangkoko is one of the last remaining strongholds of the Critically Endangered Sulawesi crested black macaques (Macaca nigra). Wildlife photographer Andrew Walmsley is in the field documenting the work of Selamatkan Yaki, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working to protect the monkeys which are threatened by habitat loss and the illegal bushmeat trade.
A strangler fig tree in the forest. They are parasitic trees that literally strangle their host, killing it and leaving a hollow tube of branches in the middle.

On the 19th June 2015, people from around the world won’t need to leave the comfort of their homes to experience the amazing diversity of life found in tropical rainforests.

Pada 19 Juni 2015, orang-orang dari seluruh dunia tidak perlu meninggalkan rumah nyaman mereka untuk merasakan keanekaragaman hayati yang luar biasa dari kehidupan yang ditemukan di hutan hujan tropis.

Conservation organisations will be using social media to share live wildlife sightings from the rainforest as part of an exciting initiative called #RainforestLive

Organisasi-organisasi konservasi akan menggunakan media sosial untuk membagikan pemandangan satwaliar dari hutan hujan sebagai salah satu bagian yang menarik dari inisiatif yang disebut #RainforestLive

Now in its second year, Rainforest: Live is a project initiated by the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop), a research and conservation organisation based in Indonesian Borneo. This year, 16 other tropical conservation organisations will join forces to share their experiences living and working in these beautiful and diverse habitats during this special one-day event.

Ini merupakan tahun kedua, Rainforest: Live adalah proyek inisiatif dari Orangutan tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop), sebuah organisasi penelitian dan konservasi berbasis di Kalimantan Indonesia. Tahun ini, 16 oranisasi konservasi lainnya akan bergabung untuk membagikan pengalaman-pengalaman mereka tinggal dan bekerja di tempat hidup yang indah dan beraneka raga dalam satu hari iven yang istimewa.

09/03/14 Tangkoko forest, North Sulawesi, Indonesia Tangkoko is one of the last remaining strongholds of the Critically Endangered Sulawesi crested black macaques (Macaca nigra). Wildlife photographer Andrew Walmsley is in the field documenting the work of Selamatkan Yaki, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working to protect the monkeys which are threatened by habitat loss and the illegal bushmeat trade.

09/03/14 Tangkoko forest, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

As OuTrop’s Matt Williams explains, this event is all about positivity, “So much of the media coverage of rainforests is negative, concentrating on habitat and species losses. While this is important, Rainforest: Live is designed to focus on the diversity of life in forests and the amazing species that conservationists are fighting to protect. It is to remind us all why they’re worth saving.”

Matt Williams OuTrop menjelaskan, iven ini adalah tentang semua hal positif, “Banyak sekali penyampaian media tentang hutan hujan yang negatif, terkonsentrasi pada kehilangan spesies dan habitat. Dimana ini sangat penting, Rainforest: Live yang didesain untuk fokus pada keanekaragaman dari kehidupan hutan serta spesies-spesies luar biasa yang sedang dilindungi oleh para konservasionis. Ini adalah untuk mengingatkan kita mengapa mereka butuh dilindungi.”

Last year, Rainforest: Live reached hundreds of thousands of people using the hashtag #rainforestlive on Facebook and Twitter. Sightings of species, from the endangered and iconic orangutan and the yaki to the colourful and spectacular hornbill, were shared with followers.

Tahun lalu, rainforest: Live menjangkau ratusan ribu orang yang menggunakan hashtag #rainforestlive di Facebook dan Twitter. Pemandangan spesies, dari terancam sampai ikonis orangutan dan Yaki sampai pada rangkong yang berwarna dan spektakuler, dibagikan dengan banyak orang.

Gavin Thurston, OuTrop Patron and wildlife cameraman photographer & Filmmaker, said “through my career as a wildlife cameraman I have been fortunate enough to visit and film in some splendid rainforests. It is an environment that I feel remarkably at home in and am constantly surprised and thrilled by the hidden beauty and complexity of life that has evolved to live and thrive there.”

“I realise that not everyone is lucky enough to visit a rainforest in their lifetime so I am delighted that Rainforest: Live will give many people the opportunity to experience this incredible and diverse world,” said Thurston. “I’m excited to see what wildlife will show up live from the rainforest.”AWalmsley-SY-2014-Yaki-Web-034

Gavin Thurston, Kameraman dan Fotografer dari OuTrop mengatakan, “melalui karir saya sebagai kameraman satwaliar, saya telah sangat beruntung untuk mengunjungi serta merekam beberapa hutan hujan yang luar biasa. Ini merupakan lingkunngan yang membuat saya merasa seperti di rumah dan terus terkejut dan senang dengan keindahan tersembunyi dan kompleksitas kehidupan yang telah berevolusi untuk hidup dan berkembang di sana.”

“Saya menyadari bahwa tidak semua orang cukup beruntung untuk mengunjungi hutan hujan dalam hidup mereka jadi saya senang bahwa Rainforest: Live akan memberikan banyak orang kesempatan untuk mengalami dunia yang luar biasa dan beragam ini,” kata Thurston. “Saya bersemangat untuk melihat apa satwa liar akan muncul langsung dari hutan hujan.”

09/03/14 Tangkoko forest, North Sulawesi, Indonesia Tangkoko is one of the last remaining strongholds of the Critically Endangered Sulawesi crested black macaques (Macaca nigra). Wildlife photographer Andrew Walmsley is in the field documenting the work of Selamatkan Yaki, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working to protect the monkeys which are threatened by habitat loss and the illegal bushmeat trade. Harry Hilser, program manager for Selamatkan Yaki, in the forest.

09/03/14 Tangkoko forest, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Tangkoko is one of the last remaining strongholds of the Critically Endangered Sulawesi crested black macaques (Macaca nigra). Wildlife photographer Andrew Walmsley is in the field documenting the work of Selamatkan Yaki, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working to protect the monkeys which are threatened by habitat loss and the illegal bushmeat trade.
Harry Hilser, program manager for Selamatkan Yaki, in the forest.

Thirza Loffeld, Education and Advocacy Coordinator for Selamatkan Yaki mentioned that “though the Indonesian island Sulawesi knows many endemic species, a large number of the local communities here are not aware of the unique wildlife that they share the island with. During Rainforest: Live, alongside other participating conservationists, Selamatkan Yaki will take the opportunity to give the public insight in the life of Macaca nigra, locally known as yaki, from Tangkoko Nature Reserve in North Sulawesi. This beautiful reserve holds the largest connected population of this Critically Endangered primate species across its native range, in addition to many other unique species of wildlife.”

Thirza Loffeld, Koordinator Pendidikan dan Advokasi untuk Selamatkan Yaki menyebutkan bahwa “meskipun pulau kecil Indonesia,Sulawesi, diketahui memiliki banyak spesies endemik, sejumlah besar masyarakat lokal di sini tidak menyadari akan satwa liar unik yang hidup berbagi pulau dengan mereka. Selama Rainforest: Live, berdampingan dengan peserta konservasionis  lainnya , Selamatkan Yaki akan mengambil kesempatan untuk memberikan wawasan publik dalam kehidupan Macaca nigra, yang dikenal sebagai yaki, dari Cagar Alam Tangkoko di Sulawesi Utara. Cagar alam yang indah ini memegang populasi terhubung terbesar dari spesies primata terancam punah di seluruh jangkauan aslinya, di antara banyak spesies satwa liar unik lainnya.”

To follow the event, simply click onto the Facebook or Twitter page of the participating organisations on the 19th June 2015, look out for the hashtag #rainforestlive and it will provide a window to a beautiful, but threatened, world.

Untuk mengikuti iven ini, klik pada Facebook dan Twitter dari organisasi-organisasi yang berpartisipasi pada 19 Juni 2015, lihatlah hashtag #rainforestlive dan itu akan menyediakan sebuah jendela pada dunia yang indah namun terancam.

09/03/14 Tangkoko forest, North Sulawesi, Indonesia Tangkoko is one of the last remaining strongholds of the Critically Endangered Sulawesi crested black macaques (Macaca nigra). Wildlife photographer Andrew Walmsley is in the field documenting the work of Selamatkan Yaki, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working to protect the monkeys which are threatened by habitat loss and the illegal bushmeat trade. Harry Hilser, program manager for Selamatkan Yaki, in the forest.

09/03/14 Tangkoko forest, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Rainforest: Live was developed by the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop); a conservation and research organisation established in 1999. OuTrop is dedicated to helping to protect Borneo’s biodiversity through conservation-orientated research, capacity building, education and on-the-ground conservation projects (www.outrop.com | http://www.facebook.com/OuTrop | https://twitter.com/outrop).

Rainforest: Live dibentuk oleh Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop); sebuah organisasi konservasi dan penelitian yang berdiri pada 1999. OuTrop berdedikasi untuk membantu melindungi keanekaragamanhayati Borneo melalui konservasi – penelitian yang terorientasi, pengembangan kapasitas, pendidikan serta proyek konservasi di lapangan (www.outrop.com | http://www.facebook.com/OuTrop | https://twitter.com/outrop).

Storify will be used to pull together social media posts from all participating organisations: https://storify.com/outrop/rainforest-live

Other organisations participating in Rainforest: Live 2015 are:
Burung Indonesia – http://www.burung.org
Crees Foundation – http://www.crees-manu.org
Fauna and Flora International – http://www.fauna-flora.org
Gunung Palung Orangutan Project – http://www.savegporangutans.org
Harapan Rainforest – http://www.harapanrainforest.org
HUTAN-Kinabatangan Orangutan Conservation Project – http://www.hutan.org.my
Orangutan Foundation UK – http://www.orangutan.org.uk
Orangutan Land Trust – http://www.forests4orangutans.org
Orangtuan Outreach – http://www.redapes.org
Selamatkan Yaki – http://www.selamatkanyaki.com
Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program – http://www.sumatranorangutan.org
Sumatran Orangutan Society – http://www.orangutans-sos.org
SwaraOwa – http://www.swaraowa.com
Tamandua Expeditions – http://www.tamanduajungle.com
TEAM Network – http://www.teamnetwork.org

Please welcome our second batch of high school Yaki Ambassadors!

Hello readers, it’s Caroline speaking! Today I’ll walk you through our most recent awesome outing: Yaki Youth Camp 2015!

Participants and committee of Yaki Youth Camp 2015!

Participants and committee of Yaki Youth Camp 2015!

 

It was already over a year since the last Yaki Youth Camp (YYC) was held. I could remember the enthusiasm and energy of the participants very clearly, but I had forgotten the shyness they showed when they first arrived. It was to be expected – 18 students, all representing different high schools, are meeting each other for the first time in this event. How did we select these students to represent their school? We visited each and every one of their schools and gave a talk to students and teachers about how important it is to save the yaki and protect our environment. Students who paid attention would be able to answer the quiz given at the end of the talk, and whoever managed to answer correctly won a Golden Ticket to YYC 2015! This year, we visited 34 high schools in Bitung and Airmadidi and reached over 2500 students. In the end, 18 representatives confirmed their invitation to attend YYC 2015 and travelled with us all the way from Bitung and Airmadidi to Pa’Dior museum complex, owned by North Sulawesi Institute of Art and Culture in Tompaso, Minahasa. I would imagine it was a mostly silent bus ride for the participants who barely knew each other. Well, that awkward silence won’t last long!

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To break the ice that night, we played some name games so everyone would know everyone else’s names. Aside from the 18 participants and 8 members of the Selamatkan Yaki team, we had 5 very special guests: Angel, Chia, Uje, Edo and Ira, 5 of our high school Yaki Ambassadors from YYC 2014! Due to their impressive enthusiasm in spreading the word about yaki conservation, both through school talks with us and independent talks they organized themselves, we invited them to join in Yaki Youth Camp again, this time as mentors to inspire and help out the participants from Bitung and Airmadidi. You can imagine there were quite a lot of names to memorize! Many people got a little tongue-twisted and lots of laughter ensued – which was the whole point of the games! Things loosened up a bit more after practicing and performing the YYC Jingle, and by the time we were done, everyone was ready to receive some context for our weekend’s activities through a Movie Night. During the Movie Night, participants got a glimpse of the environmental issues humans are dealing with globally, before watching the BBC short movie featuring the yaki and the threats they face. It was both educational and entertaining, and participants gained more understanding about the species we are working so hard to save, preparing them for the activities of the following day.

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Everyone was up bright and early the next day for a spot of morning exercise, led by Reyni. The workout effectively wiped out remaining drowsiness and prepared everyone for the busy day ahead. The morning started off with a session on 10 things you could do for yaki conservation, presented by myself and assisted by Angel, Chia and Uje. During this talk, they assisted me in explaining some of the general ideas the participants could build on, and also described their own experiences in putting those ideas to practice. It was quite an inspiring segment! Following the talk, everyone participated in a speed-storming session to dig up more practical ideas that can be applied by high school students yet effectively reach the community. Then the newly divided rambos (the name for a group of yaki, or in this case, the name for participant groups) then presented their own version of 10 things they could do to help yaki conservation. Rambo 4 won this round with their easy-to-apply ideas!

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For our next session, we welcomed Ronny Buol, a prominent figure in photography in North Sulawesi. By day he works as a reporter for Kompas.com, but he is also the chairman of F/21, an organization that aims to promote the natural and cultural wonders of North Sulawesi through photography. He gave some very good examples of how important photography is for conservation, some rooting from his own journalistic experiences, and gave some very good tips for taking meaningful photos regardless of the type of camera used. Ronny also stressed the importance of captions to provide the information that can’t be conveyed through the photograph itself. The talk was put directly to practice as the rambos walked around Pa’Dior, searching for objects to photograph and coming up with a suitable caption that can motivate viewers to protect the environment. It was hard to choose between flowers and crocodiles and ants and rubbish, but eventually, the jury picked the photograph by Rambo 1 as the winner for this round!

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Lunch came and went, and after everyone had their fill, we settled down to the third session, presented by our partner, Macaca Nigra Project (MNP)! Yandhi from MNP arrived earlier that day with Deity, Nona and Dilla from Tangkoko Conservation Education (TCE) to give us a hand in supervising and motivating these high school students. Yandhi’s talk about the link between the yaki, the environment, and humans gave more in-depth context for our efforts in protecting our funky guardians of the forest. To help the public relate to this fellow primate, Jurriaan also gave a talk in this session about presenting the yaki through illustrations. Being the creator of our yaki online game and comic strip contributor for all two Yaki Magz editions, there was no better person to deliver this talk! After the two talks, participants were again challenged to put the newfound ideas to practice by creating a simple story board about the yaki’s life. We weren’t looking for works of Michelangelo; rather, we wanted the Rambos to be as creative as possible in coming up with a story about the yaki that the public could relate to, accompanied by simple pictures to help describe the story. It was a tough call, but in the end Rambos 1 and 3 were ruled as the winners of this competition!

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Late afternoon was the perfect time for Yaki & Dance! Reyni opened the session by leading everyone in a warm-up demonstration, before introducing how dance can also be used to help yaki conservation. Following the introduction, our programme manager himself hit the floor with his breakdancing skills! A hilarious dance battle ensued, and by the time it was over everyone had loosened up enough to come up with their own concepts for dance performances to promote yaki conservation. Dance routines were not the only thing the Rambos had to work on. Their concept also had to include the setting of their performance (location, time, etc.) and the messages that they were going deliver to accompany the dance routine. The variety was surprising! Between flash mobs and Kabasaran (a traditional war dance) -like concepts and music ranging from Waka Waka to the soundtrack of Masha and the Bear, Rambo 1 and 4 were tied for first place in this competition!

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After dinner we started our final session of the day: music and how it could help yaki conservation. We had some very special guests to speak for this session! Opal and Ade of Bloodlines had come all the way from Manado to contribute their expertise in the local music industry. Not only that, Ira, our Langowan Yaki Ambassador, also joined camp by special invitation, thanks to the yaki song she created! Prisi introduced the importance of music and the role of Yaki Ambassadors in music before handing the stage to Bloodlines. Bloodlines was founded fifteen years ago and is now a household name for metal music in North Sulawesi with a large fan base. Through their short speeches during performances, they reach out to their fan base and spread the word about conservation. Ira, however, has a different story. After Yunita’s talk at her school last year, she immediately got to work and wrote a moving song about protecting the yaki. Ira gave a talk on how high school students can use their own music to help conservation efforts and gave some very good tips on writing, recording, and sharing their own songs! With this knowledge fresh in their minds, the Rambos split up for one last competition: making their own yaki-themed jingle. The Rambos came up with some hilarious medleys, but finally, Rambo 4 was crowned the champion for the final competition of the day!

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After a good night’s rest, everyone got up early again for morning exercises. The exercise routine was livelier this morning thanks to the dance competition the previous day! After breakfast and showers, the Christian participants attended a short Sunday morning service. Then, it was time for participants to practice their own talks. To warm up the students, I gave an introduction on the purpose of public speaking in awareness raising with the help of Edo and Ira. Edo and Ira gave tips on how to deal with a younger audience, which would come in handy when these participants go to junior high schools and elementary schools, and also shared some of their experiences during talks. Now, participants were split into new groups based on their school’s location to practice these talks. It was wonderful seeing all the groups put everything they had learned over the weekend into practice!

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In what felt like no time at all, we came to the close of Yaki Youth Camp 2015. Though the scores were very close, Rambo 1 took home the crown as the winning group for this year’s Yaki Youth Camp! The atmosphere couldn’t have been more different than when the participants first arrived, merely 42 hours ago. Those who used to be shy and reserved were now very enthusiastic, and any doubts or questions  about Yaki Youth Camp activities are now gone, replaced by all the fun memories and fresh knowledge about the yaki! We would like to thank our contributors: Ronny, Yandhi, Deity, Nona, Dila, Jurriaan, Opal, and Ade; our guest Yaki Ambassadors: Angel, Chia, Uje, Edo and Ira; our partner, North Sulawesi Institute of Art and Culture; and of course, all 18 participants of Yaki Youth Camp 2015! Together we will save the yaki!

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