My name is Aini Hasanah and I am currently a PhD candidate at Universiti Sains Malaysia, doing my studies on orang utan conservation in Malaysia. At the same time, my colleagues and I co-found an NGO, namely Malaysian Primatological Society (MPS). MPS is the first registered and established NGO in Malaysia to focus on conservation efforts and research of 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 program such as road tours, public talks, congresses and seminar for schools, colleges and university students. as well as at public events.
With the help of my supervisors and colleagues, I facilitate to train students in the field, and in classrooms for orang utan projects of Primate Watch Malaysia. I really hope to contribute toward primate and forest conservation in Malaysia. Not only that 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.