Friends of the National Parks Foundation, Kalimantan

The Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) was founded in 1997 and works to protect wildlife, restore wildlife habitat, and improve the wellbeing of local communities. Founder and Director, I Gede Nyoman Bayu Wirayudha – or simply Bayu – is a passionate advocate of FNPF’s mission to develop and implement best management practices to reach the long-term goal of sustainable conservation by integrating local community wellbeing with the environment.

Tori and Denise met with Bayu in late 2018 to discuss support for FNPF, and decided that for our first season, the focus will be Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). Borneo is home to the legendary ‘man of the forest’ – the orangutan, as well as a host of other amazing animals like proboscis monkeys, gibbons, macaques, sun bears, giant squirrels, and in the far northeast corner, pygmy elephants. All are under threat – Borneo has lost half its orangutans in recent years owing to deforestation, and the species is now classified as critically endangered.  There are hundreds of species of birds including hornbills, babblers and toucans; again, numbers are declining mainly due to loss of wildlife habitat.

Tori, Alma and Raditya have all had the chance to volunteer at the FNPF centre in the Tanjung Puting National Park, and Tori & Raditya visited one of the last remaining Dayak tribes in the area. Many NGOs focus their attention on the orangutans and other animals themselves, but FNPF wants to focus on restoring wildlife habitat and supporting the people who live within and around that habitat. It is these people, surely, who are best-placed to protect the orangutan and other wildlife. supports … will support the ‘Sponsor a Hectare of Orangutan Habitat’ project, which is devoted to restoring native forest wildlife habitat:

Reforest 10 Hectares of Orangutan Habitat

  • Objective: to save Indonesia’s endangered wildlife in Kalimantan by restoring native rainforest wildlife habitat
  • Quantity: 10 hectares
  • Budget: USD 1,750 per hectare or USD 5 per tree
  • Includes the cost of growing saplings in the nursery, planting and follow-up maintenance for 3 years


Meet some of the FNPF team in Kalimantan ….

Cheetah brothers in Africa - Mara Conservation Fund (MCF)

Mara Conservation Fund (MCF) – support the committed and courageous rangers who protect the glorious animals of the Masaai Mara in Kenya, and work with the local community to build lion-proof bomas.

This March we’re launching our special project for 2020, Elephants Go Wild. We’re joining up with the Blue Sky Society Trust to support Wildlife Vets in collaring a semi-wild herd of elephants that was successfully re-introduced to the wild in 2015, on a reserve in the southern Kalahari.