My name is Aini Hasanah and I just finished my PhD at Universiti Sains Malaysia. My studies focused on integrative approaches to conservation management for orang utans in Malaysia. My colleagues and I cofounded Malaysian Primatological Society (MPS), the first registered and established nonprofit in Malaysia to focus on Malaysian primates. We have a number of research projects such as Primate Watch Malaysia, Langur Project Penang, Night Spotting Project, Macaca Nemestrina Project and Gibbons of Peninsular Malaysia. We also actively participate in public outreach programmes.
I have a Masters in Conservation of Green Sea Turtles in Terengganu, Malaysia and I used to work with WWF-Malaysia in the field. Working with WWF-Malaysia is one of the best experiences I have had as it provided me with a good training ground in the field and with communities. I am looking forward to more community-based conservation projects as it could lead to sustainable environments, stable productivity and nature conservation.
Via Malaysian Primatological Society and Primate Watch Malaysia, I lead volunteers on primates – specifically, orang utan – projects in Malaysia. I really hope to contribute toward primate and forest conservation in Malaysia. Not only do our forests provide many functions for humans’ quality of life, but they are also iconic, heritage and endemic treasures. My hope is that primate and forest conservation efforts could be effectively, efficiently and collaboratively done so that more productive outcomes could be achieved.
Read more about Aini in the crowdfunding campaign she set up, “Introducing Malaysian Primates: One branch at a time”, to raise funds for her participation at GESA 2018. Also, read Aini’s article “The photo frenzy phenomenon: how a single snap can affect wildlife populations” in Biodiversity – Journal of Life on Earth, Vol. 19, Issue 3-4, 2018.
Aini Hasanah writes about the “#IAmWithJane” event held in Penang, Malaysia, a week filled with film screenings, lectures, sessions on conservation optimism and activities to engage young people in conservation.