Meet the Release Team: Eko Prasetyo

Post-Release Monitoring Coordinator for Rehabilitated Orangutans

Eko Prasetyo or simply known as Tyo earned his degree in Biology from the Syarif Hidayatullah National Islamic University in Jakarta. Originally from Nganjuk, East Java, Tyo was born on August 30, 1986. Although he is still young, Tyo has extensive field experiences. From 2005 to 2007, when he was involved in several inventory activities in Java, inventorying plants and also various animals, including inventory invertebrate and vertebrate species, amphibians and rodents. Tyo was also part of the bird monitoring team in Dua Island in Banten Province.

In 2008, Tyo accepted an internship from the Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta, working for the Schmutzer Primate Center, which is one of the largest primate houses in the world. This was Tyo’s first introduction to primates, including gorillas, chimpanzees and, of course, orangutans. Since then, he had participated in various primates’ conservation projects, including primates monitoring in Muara Angke Nature Reserve, Jakarta and in Gede-Pangrango National Park, West Java.

With the orangutans, it was love at first sight. These iconic apes stole Tyo’s heart. So in 2008, he decided to join the Tuanan Orangutan Research Station in Central Kalimantan, researching the behaviors of wild orangutans. His knowledge and well-developed skills obtained in Tuanan become a valuable asset as he now embarks on his newest adventure with orangutans as the Post-Release Monitoring Coordinator of PT Restorasi Habitat Orangutan Indonesia (RHOI). Tyo will lead the Monitoring Team to track and keep a close eye on all of our rehabilitated orangutans and ensure that they can adapt in their new home in the Kehje Sewen Forest.


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