Jessica Laman and her brother Russell looking for orangutans in Borneo.
Photo by Tim Laman.
Ten-year-old Massachussetts fifth grader Jessica Laman has made five trips to an orangutan research site called Cabang Panti at Gunung Palung in Borneo. Things like leeches in her boots and snakes on her computer seem normal to her. That's what happens when your Mom is an orangutan researcher and your Dad is National Geographic photographer Tim Laman.
Jessica will be writing about her experiences and her unique family life on National Geographic's Proof blog. Great thing to share if you have a young daughter at home. And still pretty interesting even if you don't.
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Eric rose: "I have visited Borneo several times and had both the pleasure and honour to spend time with that magnificent animal the orangutan. The Malaysian government has allowed a very large part of the Borneo jungle to be bulldozed so palm oil trees can be planted by the tens of thousands. This is an ecological disaster whose magnitude will not be fully comprehended for decades to come. I pray Jessica's story will get fair coverage."
Dony: "Would you like to add information that Gunung Palung (pronounce like Goo-noong Pa-loong) is 'in West Kalimantan (in Indonesian: Kalimantan Barat) Province, Indonesia'? Not merely 'in Borneo,' because Borneo is an island that contain three countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei Darussalam. Gunung Palung National Park lies on the island of Borneo, in the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan, north of Ketapang Regency and east of Sukadana City (North Kayong Regency). Further information can aid people who interested in the national park and avoid mislead to others. Thank you."