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 Peninsula 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 “Introducing Malaysian Primates: One branch at a time”.