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Closer scientific collaboration needed to save orangutan, say leading experts


Scientists studying animal and human populations in Borneo must work together more closely if they’re to save the orangutan, according to leading conservation and social science researchers in a new People and Nature article.

Writing in the British Ecological Society’s journal People and Nature, the researchers seek to improve the relationship between conservationists and social scientists, and encourages them to engage with each other in ‘equal, mutually respectful, yet constructively critical ways.”

“In the popular imagination, conservation is often viewed as a project of saving particular animal species and landscapes. But the reality is that people also live in these landscapes and alongside these species,” said Dr Liana Chua, a reader in social anthropology at Brunel University London, who co-authored the article alongside 13 international colleagues. MORE

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