Dr. Ian Singleton, Ph.D

Zoologist

Dr. Ian Singleton, Ph.D

You know, all the others are dead. And the reason people are chopping down the forest to build palm oil plantations is because people keep buying the stuff. People have to realize that what they do in their supermarket, the decisions they make in their daily lives, are affecting places like the Leuser ecosystem.

Ian Singleton, Ph.D - Conservation Director, Paneco Foundation

Ian Singleton is a zoologist specializing in orangutans. As a zookeeper, he visited Indonesia several times to learn more about wild orangutans, and begin a Ph.D study of orangutan ranging behavior in the peat swamp forests of Suaq Balimbing, in the Gunung Leuser National Park. On completion of his thesis, he joined with the Swiss-based PanEco Foundation and Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari in 2001 to establish the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme. He works to confiscate illegal pet orangutans and return them to a life in the wild and continues field research and monitoring of the remaining wild Sumatran orangutan population in an effort to protect their habitat.