I WAS ADDICTED TO INDONESIA. It all began in 1972 when I, as a member of the New York Zoological Society (now the Wildlife Conservation Society) received an invitatiion to join a group that was forming for a trip to Borneo, a tour to be led by a Bronx Zoo curator who had lived with one of the Dayak tribes there. I signed on, and, at age 52, took off for Borneo.
During the following fifteen years, although I visited other parts of Indonesia as well, most of my time in the country was spent with the Dayaks, the aborigines of Kali- mantan (Indonesian Borneo), specifically those of East Kalimantan. I made the first two visits as one of a group. Near the end of the second visit, I left the group, took one of the guides, and went off in search of more Dayaks. It was then that I foumd a small Dayak village that I later used as a base during my subsequent visits to the area, when I traveled with only a guide/translator.
In 1987, I joined an Earthwatch team, and went to Camp Leakey, in the Tanjung Puting National Park of Central Kalimantan, where I met orangutans for the first time. I returned as an Earthwatcher again the next year. Then, almost annually for the next 22 years, I went back there as an Orangutan Foundation International (OFI) member and volunteer. However, I continued to visit other places in Indo- nesia, but only as a sightseer,
This brief summary of my stays in Indonesia is documented in photos and video on this website. Use the MENU button to see it all.