Our very own Bradley Smith, a Conservation Educator who spends much of his time developing creative themes and activities for our Overnight and Scout programs, will be spending the next two weeks in Borneo, seeing and learning about wildlife in one of the most ecologically diverse places on earth.
As part of Brad’s continuing education, he’ll be traveling around the island investigating and discovering animals like gibbons, leaf monkeys, and—with any luck—critically endangered orangutans. On the downside, he’ll also witness the habitat loss these same species face as forests are cleared to make way for oil palm and pulp and paper plantations.
Following in the footsteps of our conservation partner Gerry Ellis, Brad will try to gain insights into the world of these amazing animals and how we can protect them and their natural habitat. Gerry has traveled to Borneo many times and shared some advice with Brad before leaving for his trip: “Make sure to stop and just take it all in. You never know what you will see when you look up. Have a sense of adventure throughout the trip.”
We wish Brad all the best and cannot wait to hear more about his journey in the upcoming weeks.
Make sure to check our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Gorilla Grumbles blog to keep up with the latest from Brad’s trip. If you want to hear all of his stories in person, make sure to sign up for an overnight!
By Nicole DeMentri, Conservation Associate