Meet Lara!
She is a researcher from Netherlands and has been part of the Suaq team for almost a year now. .
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Already at 16 years old it was Lara’s dream to become a primatologist. During her studies Lara focused on behavioral biology and neurobiology. She started a PhD in neuroscience to learn more about how animals think, but she stopped it after one and a half years.
She cares very much about animals and nature conservation and I was disappointed that in her PhD she could not contribute to this. That is why
She decided to switch to her original plan to become a primatologist. .
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Lara’s project at Suaq focuses on the development of curiosity and cognition of young orangutans. Those little orangutans are so much fun to watch! Lara’s hope is that with her work and stories more people will get aware of how incredible orangutans are and how important it is that we better protect them.
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Orangutans are the most endangered ape and she refuses to believe there will be a time in future that there are no orangutans left in the wild anymore. But the number of orangutans decreases every day and people have to realize that we only have limited time to change this.
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As for Lara, she enjoys the forest and the orangutans as much as she can. Only three months left before she starts her PhD on gorilla communication. She still cannot believe her time in Suaq is almost over. She had an amazing time here with the orangutans and the wonderful people at camp. She is sure she will come back!
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She wants to include this message about Suaq as well:

The Suaq area holds one of the last sustainable populations of wild orangutans and it is really important that we keep them safe. Therefore the project focusses besides research also on the empowerment of the local communities. We do this by employing local staff and developing education projects for schools, but we still need help with this so please feel welcome to contact the project. .
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